Arkansas SCV

Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

Arkansas SCV - Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

ALL HANDS ON DECK- Emergency message from Commander Edwards

ALL HANDS ON DECK.

Representative Nate Bell has called a meeting for Friday, 2/6/2015 at 9:00 a.m.

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/Lists/Meetings/Attachments/23500/S13171.PDF

HB1119 to remove Robert E. Lee’s birthday is on the agenda for tomorrow.
Anyone who can be in attendance should be there. Call and/or email the members of this committee and voice your opposition to Rep. Love’s HB1119. General Lee can no longer defend his honor and we are the only ones who can defend his honor.

Robert A. Edwards, Commander
Arkansas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

2015 Awards Nomination Form

Gentlemen, please find on this post the official 2015 awards nomination form for the Arkansas Division Reunion to be held in FIVE WEEKS. Get you awards sheet filled out and get it back to Danny as soon as you can. Then download the registration form on the main (HOME) page and get that to Cmdr Edwards as soon as you can!

Click the file below to download the 2015 Awards form:

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Message from Division Cmdr Edwards: Robert E. Lee Day/Division Reunion

Compatriots, Good Morning,

6:00 a.m. and we are preparing to go to the State Capitol and defend General Robert E. Lee’s name and place of honor against those who would have his name removed from the list of holidays in the State of Arkansas.

Have you joined the fight? Have you contacted your state Representative? I do not expect everyone to go to the state capitol. That would be unreasonable. I am asking that everyone contact their state representative and/or members of the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. That doesn’t cost much and takes only a little bit of your time. Have you called them? or have you sent them and email? If the answer is NO, then do not wonder WHY? should this be passed. You allowed it to happen by doing absolutely nothing.

Which brings me to our SCV Arkansas Division Reunion April 17-18, 2015, in Benton. We need you to send in your registrations. We will have our Division Executive Council meeting Saturday morning and everyone should attend. The reunion is in Benton this year and the facilities lie along Interstate-30, for easy access – for everyone in the state. Can’t use that excuse this year. REGISTER – ATTEND. The reunion will allow us to share ideas on how best to proceed against those who continue to attack our heritage. Please download the form from www.arkansasscv.org and get it in the mail.

Deo Vindice!

Robert A. Edwards, Commander
Arkansas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Elected Officers, Brigade Commanders, Camp Commanders and Officers and Compatriots! ATTENTION.

Elected Officers, Brigade Commanders, Camp Commanders and Officers and Compatriots! ATTENTION.

The House Committee on State Agencies and Government Affairs will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, 2/4/2015 in Room 151 at the state Capitol. HB1119 is one of the bills on the agenda. We do not know if Rep. Nate Bell will run this bill or not.
However, we Do KNOW that if we DO NOT show up to speak against the bill, he probably will try to get it thru his committee. We also know that he met with the Legislative Black Caucus yesterday to gather support for HB1119.

I will be in attendance tomorrow, in a suit and tie. I urge each of you who can come, please do so and once again, I am requesting that you “Wear Your Sunday Best”. The news would love nothing better than to see us differently. I know its a long way, but if we do not attend, there will be silence, and we will have no voice(s) to be heard.

Deo Vindice!

Robert A. Edwards, Commander
Arkansas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Take Action: Contact all of the members of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committee

The message below is simple. DO NOT forward this.
Take time to create a new email and type the below message or cut and paste it into your new email. Send it to all members of the State Agencies and Government Affairs commitee.

Dear Representaive:
“Concerning HB 1113 & 1119. This is a great waste of time and energy and money, i.e. tax dollars. The men and women who were in attendance on January 28, 2015, do not have the benefit of being paid to attend. They did not receive reimbursement for mileage; nor did they receive per diem for their travel expenses. Those men and women of Arkansas had to carry the burden of those expenses. They made these sacrifices to oppose HB1113. Now Representative Bell, by his actions, is requiring our citizens to continue to endure these burdens once again, if they wish to testify against his bill. In the mean time he expects all of our citizens to cover his expenses (travel and per diem) at the same time.”

Send the above statement to all of the members of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committee. I have attached a list of the committee members, with their phone numbers and email addresses for your convenience. Please contact them all.

Gov’t Affairs committee 2015

Deo Vindice!

Robert A. Edwards, Commander
Arkansas Division

Commander Edwards’ Message to Division Following Victory over HB1113

thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU ! ! ! But read to the very END.

So many of you came to the meeting and I wish to thank each of you for traveling to the State Capitol and unite in opposition to HB1113 that would have removed Robert E. Lee’s name from the state holiday observed in January of each year.

To Mrs. Kay Tatum – thank you for all of your efforts and rallying the ladies of Arkansas to travel as well. I greatly appreciated your comments and I hope you will share this letter of thanks and appreciation with all of the ladies in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. WoW!

Our men and women from all over the State were there. Thank ya’ll each and every one. From the Louisiana border, Missouri border, Texas and Tennessee borders you all showed up in support of Robert E. Lee’s birthday and leaving our state’s statutes intact. From all four corners of the state you came. This is what we are about. This is what it means “To Defend Their Honor” and you were there in defense of Robert E. Lee. This is what the SCV is about and I cannot express how proud I am to be numbered in your group.

Thank you SCV Arkansas for contacting your State Representatives. You did good.

I can’t name all who came, nor even all who spoke, excuse me “Testified” against HB1113 because I would omit someone. And when the motion was made and passed to time limit the debate (as no one was on the ‘For’ side) many – Many of you did not get the opportunity to speak against this amendment and that is regretful. But we carried the day and preserved our State constitution. Thank you for being there.

However, I would like to express my gratitude to our Arkansas Division Judge Advocate, Mr. John Crain, of Mountain Home, and for his testimony, so professionally prepared and eloquently delivered; in spite of several interruptions by the committee chairman. The stirring round of applause was evidence to all in attendance that this bill was not the right thing to do.

KEEP READING – to the end

My regrets to Commander and former State Representative Loy Mauch of Hot Springs (Bismarck) for constant interruptions by the committee chairman and not allowing you the opportunity to present the information you spent so much time in preparing. We appreciate all you do Commander and regret the ‘cocked pistol’ attitude upon recognizing you were present.

I want to thank our Communications Officer, Commander Ron Kelly of Helena for helping disseminate the news and updates about HB1113. Good Job Commander.

I want to thank, AND each of you should thank, our Heritage Operations officer
Commander Tom Bird of Searcy. Great job Tom. GREAT JOB. I also wish to thank Commander Bird for yielding his time, once the time limits were set, and we only had three minutes left to present arguments AGAINST this Bill. Tom graciously yielded his time to your Division Commander and allowed me the opportunity to use the final few minutes to point blank tell the author of the bill and the committee that the bill was ABSURD and they should not pass it thru to the House. Thanks again Tom.

The Day is not OVER. The Battle is not won. This was just a skirmish.

There is still House Bill 1119. HB1119 also proposes to rewrite our state law and remove Robert E. Lee’s birthday as a state holiday as well. The committee chairman has been described as “fiercely independent”. After watching him today I see why. He also appeared to be educated and versed in political affairs and fiercely —— . His demeanor did not strike me a person defeated. It would not surprise me to see him change two words and re-introduce this bill again, with a new title. It would not surprise me to see him “Backdoor” the committee by taking the language from this bill and adding it to another legitimate bill by use of amendment. Slick.

Enjoy the day, but keep vigil. This is NOT OVER.

Your Obedient Servant,
Robert A. Edwards, Commander
Arkansas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

CALL TO ARMS TODAY! STATE CAPITOL

NOTICE: THE ARKANSAS DIVISION COMMANDER (SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS) HAS ISSUED AN OFFICIAL CALL TO ARMS FOR WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28, 2015 AT THE ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. COMMANDER ROBERT EDWARDS HUMBLY REQUESTS FLAGS AND PATCHES NOT BE BROUGHT AND DO NOT WEAR A REENACTING UNIFORM.

THIS CALL TO ARMS IN IN RESPONSE TO THE INTRODUCTION AND DISCUSSION OF HOUSE BILLS 1113 AND 1119 WHICH WOULD REMOVE ROBERT E. LEE’S NAME FROM THE LIST OF STATE HOLIDAYS.

CALL TO ARMS JANUARY 28, 2015

NOTICE: THE ARKANSAS DIVISION COMMANDER (SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS) HAS ISSUED AN OFFICIAL CALL TO ARMS FOR WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28, 2015 AT THE ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. COMMANDER ROBERT EDWARDS HUMBLY REQUESTS FLAGS AND PATCHES NOT BE BROUGHT AND DO NOT WEAR A REENACTING UNIFORM.

THIS CALL TO ARMS IN IN RESPONSE TO THE INTRODUCTION AND DISCUSSION OF HOUSE BILLS 1113 AND 1119 WHICH WOULD REMOVE ROBERT E. LEE’S NAME FROM THE LIST OF STATE HOLIDAYS.