Arkansas SCV

Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

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

Heritage Alert

I know that I don’t need to say this but I want to say Thank You for your outgoing support for calling our politicians. Remember this is the only way they know how you feel. We still need more people to call. I’ve talked with a few representatives that has told me that they haven’t received many calls and we need to change that. As many of you know the city of Little Rock has already started changing things (IE. Confederate Boulevard) What we need to do now is add Little Rock city council, city manager and mayor to your call list. We have a lot to loose in our capital city so please make these calls. Don’t count on anyone doing it for you. Please keep monitoring this site we have a long hard fight ahead of us but we can win. We also need to keep unnecessary things off of this site.This Saturday many of you will be headed to Fourth of July festivals and yes the politicians will be there so voice your opinions to them. This is the only way that we will win. For those of you that have the time give a big thank you to Arkansas Flag and Banner, the political correctness didn’t work with her.
God Bless You…God Bless the South and God Bless Dixie
Deo Vindice

Thank You Again,
Heritage Operations Chairman

Tom Bird

Official Arkansas Directive

June 30,2015

Official Arkansas Directive
Heritage Operations

After the 100’s of phone calls, messages and etc., that I have received this is our directive. Due to the attack on the Confederate Flags, monuments and Heritage we urge everyone to fly their Confederate Flags proudly. If you have shirts or anything that displays our Confederate Flag, as long as it is in good taste, wear them. This directive will be know as “Flags Across The South”. We do not want violent confrontation, this is our heritage. Their are certain elements on both sides trying to create  race wars, THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. This is your heritage so please be proud of it. This is to help slow the amount of politicians jumping on the ban wagon against us. We are here and we are all voters.

There are three parts to this.
(1) Call all your United States representative that you can. Congressman, senators, etc.
(2) Call or email all of your state and local politicians.
(3) Break out those flags…..LET THEM FLY!!!!!!

Now keep this in mind, Saturday is the Fourth of July, so please show your respect to Veterans past and present by flying the United States flag.

When it comes to any reporters don’t be foolish enough to think that these people are your friends. Be extremely cautious on what you say they are looking for a story (a scoop) and remember this is all about our heritage.
I urge you all to support the businesses that are supporting us.
Thank you,
Heritage Operations Chairman,

Tom Bird

Four Divisions Leadership Training Seminar Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Red Diamond is pleased to announce and host the first ever Four Divisions Training Seminar to be held in NE Texas on Saturday, August 01, 2015 from 8:30AM – 4:30PM.

Registration from 7:30AM – 8:30AM with Coffee, Juice & Muffins and Lunch at Noon catered by the “Lunch Box”

It is our hope that this will help all of us as we strive to fulfill our Charge.


Lt. Commander-in-Chief Thomas Strain

Past Commander-in-Chief Chuck McMichael

Past ATM Commander Paul Gramling

TX Division Commander Johnnie Hollie

AR Division Commander Robert Edwards

TX Division 2nd Lt. Commander Gary Bray

TX Division Adjutant Cooper Goodson

LA Division Adjutant Bobby Herring

TX Division Daryl Coleman

AR Division Heritage Defense Tom Bird


Myrtle Springs Baptist Church

555 County Road 2111

Hooks, TX 75561

Directions: I-30 to exit 208 in Hooks, TX – North on 560 – East on CR 2111 – Church on the left

Pre-Registration now through July 18th, 2015 – $25.00 per person

Late-Registration after July 18th – $35.00 per person

*Make checks payable to: Red Diamond Camp SCV

Mail Registration and Check to:

Phil Maynard

1497 Myrtle Springs Road

Texarkana, TX 75503

New salute to the Christian Flag

Since we have such a beautiful Christian Flag, we have discussed at several DEC meetings adopting one Christian Flag Salute/Pledge that we hope would be used by all camps that currently post Christian Flags at their meetings. This would make it uniform throughout Arkansas and easy for all of us visiting different camps, or when attending Division functions where a Christian Salute would be called for. Here are several pledges and salutes. The first is the most widely used but is quite long and might not be best for our purposes, the last is the one we adopted for my Camp in Darlington. We selected it because it seemed easy to memorize and went well with the other SCV pledges that are also short. After reading them again all of them have some good characteristics. You can’t make a mistake in your choice because they are all good.

“I pledge allegiance To the Christian Flag and to the Saviour,
For whose Kingdom it stands.
One Saviour, crucified, risen and coming again,
With life and liberty for all who believe.”

“I pledge allegiance to my flag, and to the Saviour,
For whose Kingdom it stands;
One brotherhood, uniting all mankind in service and love.”

“I promise devotion to the Christian Flag and to Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour,
For whose Kingdom it stands – uniting all those of Christian Faith.”

“”I affirm my loyalty to the Christian Flag and to our Saviour whose Cross it bears,
one spiritual fellowship under That Cross uniting us in service and love.”

“To the Christian Flag, Banner of the Prince of Peace,
Emblem of Faith, Hope and Love, to which we pledge our all.”

I ask that you get this out to all your camps and if anyone has one they want to add, please do so, but make sure that added choice makes it to everyone as well.
Hopefully we cam talk about it, and vote on it at the next Division GEC Meeting.

Thanks –

Trip Wilson
Color Sergeant, Arkansas Division SCV

Heritage Operations Dispatch

We have had a long year and summer is fast approaching. Along with summer comes parades, festivals and other community events. Politicians most always show up for these events. This gives each of you the opportunity to see where they stand on our heritage, not only confederate but our whole way of life. This also gives you the opportunity to tell them your story. Don’t expect anyone to do this for you. It is your duty to uphold the confederate soldiers good name and to see that his history is not tarnished by means of political correctness.

I hope that each of you has a very good and blessed summer.
Chairman Tom Bird

Heritage Notice

Missouri Division Sons of Confederate Veterans
Press Release
April 23, 2015
Missouri Division – Sons of Confederate Veterans
Missouri Sons of Confederate Veterans Oppose Move of Confederate Monument
The Missouri Division – Sons of Confederate Veterans strongly opposes the movement &/or change of inscription of the Confederate Memorial Monument at Forest Park. This monument has stood for years as a symbol of honor and tribute to those that fought and died for a Cause they believed to be right and a Cause that they believed to be just.
The “politically correct” in this society have seen fit to attempt to cleanse the history of this Country, and the true and honorable history of the South and the Confederate States of America in particular. To put forth the idea and the belief that the War Between the States was entirely about slavery, is not only untrue, but it is also less than honest. If inscriptions are to be included about slavery, one look no further than the family of one of St. Louis’ own – Ulysses S. Grant, to see that they too owned slaves until 1865. Further proof of such a falsehood is the Emancipation Proclamation itself, which only attempted to free slaves in the “rebelling states”, not those states in what is commonly referred to as “the North.” It was not until the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was passed that all slaves were freed in this Country.
The Missouri Division – Sons of Confederate Veterans has contacted the Office of the Mayor of St. Louis and requested to meet with the Mayor and has also asked to be part of any committee with respect to the possible relocation of the Confederate Monument at Forest Park &/or any changes to the current inscriptions on said monument. It is our believe that politics do not belong in the arena of war memorials of any kind, and to suggest otherwise is completely disrespectful of not only the veterans represented, but to those that paid for and set the monument nearly 100 years ago.
Our request to be on any committee formed is only logical, since the members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are descendants of those represented on the Confederate Monument at Forest Park. The Sons of Confederate Veterans believes in respecting the heritage of all Americans which includes descendants of Confederate Americans. To attempt to place present day beliefs and values on a society that was living in a very different time is absurd at best. To denigrate one’s ancestors only serves to divide present day society more so than what already exists.
The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, non-political and non-racial organization dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.

Benjamin J. Ganaway Blasingame

A memorial service will be held at the Blasingame Cemetery in El Paso, AR on the afternoon of Saturday, April 4, 2015 for the dedication of a Southern Cross of Honor for Benjamin Ganaway Blasingame, 4th Arkansas Infantry.
The Gen. Dandridge McRae Camp #397 Searcy and Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655 Jonesboro, along with many others will perform the honors, along with and at the request of his Great-Grandson Jon J. Blasingame of Gen. George Blake Cosby Camp #1627, Sacremento, CA.
The Blasingame Cemetery is North of El Paso, AR off Hwy. 5, near the intersection of El Paso Rd. and Oak Church Rd.
The service will be held in the afternoon, to follow the Confederate Heritage Day event at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock. Providing for leaving the Capitol grounds, eating lunch, and arriving in El Paso, the memorial service should begin around 3:30 pm. Many members of the family and the community will be in attendance, including participation by members of the Masonic Lodge of which Mr. Blasingame, post-war, was a founding officer. Rifle salute, flag folding & presentation, sword ceremony, etc. will be observed.
Any who are in attendance at the Capitol are requested to attend the Blasingame Memorial Service in El Paso.
Any questions, contact Adj. Billy Smothermon at 501-593-1740 (text or call) or at

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Arkansas In The Civil WarLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 4, 2015); The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 4, on the state capitol grounds. This is another part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans observing the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
The event is a celebration of three separate events: Arkansas Confederate History and Heritage Month, Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate Flag Day. The program is part of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Events for 2015. During 1865, Arkansas was witness to a skirmish at Dardanelle, Marion, Clarksville, the passage of the 13th amendment by Arkansas Legislators, surrender of Gen. M. Jeff Thompson at Chalk Bluff, and the surrender of all Confederate troops at Jacksonport on June 5, 1865. Arkansas was the fourth most active state in the numbers of Battles/Skirmishes during the War Between the States.
This is the ninetieth year that all three events have been combined into one.
The public is invited to attend and bring examples of the variety of flags used by Arkansas units and of the Confederate government and its army during the War. There will be different patterns of flags on display.
SCV members, Reenactors and Living Historians in period clothing will lay flowers and fire a gun salute at the conclusion of the ceremony (the honor guard is asked to be at Capitol by 10:30am for safety checks on their rifles). Men from SCV camps and reenactors from all over Arkansas are scheduled to attend.
Among those organizations taking part in the event are the Arkansas Reenactors, Children of the Confederacy, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of Stars and Bars. In the event of rain the Confederate Memorial will be moved inside the capitol building for an abbreviated ceremony.

This event is sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Honoring the Dead

Beginning at 11 a.m., the names of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-1865 will be read at the Confederate monument located at the northeast corner of the capitol grounds. A bell will be rung following each name.
An estimated 60,000 Arkansawers enlisted in Confederate units and that at least 6,800 are known to have been killed or died of disease during the War. Some of the approximately 3,000 names of those dead will be read during the ceremony. Robert Edwards of the David O. Dodd Camp at Benton is in charge of placing the flags at the Confederate Monument before the readings of the names honored soldiers. Honnoll, said “ We started reading the names of the Confederates buried in Arkansas from our book of honor in 2005 we have read 91 pages of names out of the 97 total in our Arkansas Division Final Roll Call book”. “The Arkansas Division SCV plans on completing the readings at this year’s Confederate Heritage Day.”


After the reading of the names of the honored dead the Confederate Heritage Day program will begin at 11:30am.

W. Danny Honnoll of Jonesboro, Past Commander of the Army of Trans Mississippi, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), will be the event emcee. The SCV is an organization of descendants of men who served in the Confederate armed forces. M. Ray Jones of Jonesboro will be the keynote speaker. Jones is past commander of the Arkansas Division SCV and past Quarter Master in Chief of the national SCV.
The Ark Div Honor Guard will fire a three volley salute to the men that serviced the Confederate Army. Mrs. Dale (Bobbie F.) Barnett of Ravenden, will represent the Honnoll Chapter of UDC of Jonesboro. Barnett will be dressed in a mourning dress and represent the widows of the fallen men of Arkansas. She will lay fresh flowers at the Confederate Monument during the program. Greetings of the various organizations will include: President of the Ark Div UDC Kay Tatum, Little Rock Churchill Chapter UDC, Robert Edwards of Benton, the Arkansas Division Commander on behalf of the SCV, M. Ray Jones on behalf of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and Mike Loum of Little Rock on behalf of Military Order of Stars and Bars, A. C. Trip Wilson 27th Ark Inf. Camp of Mountain Home will do the honors as color sergeant. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held on the second for inside the Capitol building.

Confederate Memorial Day

Confederate Memorial Day is a day celebrated in Southern states to remember Confederate dead. It is generally held on the last Sunday in April.
Immediately after the war ended in 1865, Southern women began the tradition of scattering spring flowers on the graves of soldiers, both Confederate and Union, buried in their hometowns.
In 1868, the United States officially picked up the same tradition for the dead of all wars and it became the national Memorial Day, now held on the last Monday in May.

Confederate Flag Day

Confederate Flag Day was designated by Arkansas State Statute 69-110 and establishes the day as the Saturday immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
Flag Day commemorates the wide variety of flags used by the Confederate States government and the military units.


W. Danny Honnoll, Past ATM Cmdr. SCV
Chief of State of the Arkansas Division
Past Arkansas Division Commander 2002-06,
Sons of Confederate Veterans
(870) 926-2985 c

JROTC- Hunley Awards

Gentlemen: In a couple of days we will be into April 2015. Most JROTC Units will have their Award Ceremonies in either April or May. In the last two years Arkansas Division has given out eight award with over twenty camps and over 40 JROTC schools. That is sad. The really sad part is, last year half of those eight awards were sponsored by one camp – the David O. Dodd SCV Camp #619 of Benton. So far we have seven JROTC Units that have requested our award or we have solicited and received favorable responses from them. Listed below are those seven schools we do not have to contact, and six JROTC units that have received the award in the past but have I have not heard from this year. For those six schools I am providing you the name of the camp that has previously sponsored the award, and the contact information for the JROTC Unit. According to the Locator Service on the National SCV website most of these units are withing 20 miles of the camp, and none are more than 50 miles. The most we have ever presented was eleven awards three years ago. If we at least get these six we will have 13 awards.

Receiving the Award:
Alma – Sponsor – Jonesboro #1655
Arkadelphia – Sponsor – Benton #619
Beebe – Sponsor – Searcy #397
Benton – Sponsor – Benton #619
Conway – Sponsor – Conway #615
Mountain Home – Sponsor – Mountain Home #1519
Sheridan – Sponsor – Harrison #1414

Have received in past, not heard from yet this year:
Hope – Previously sponsored by Benton #619, Camps #1577, #1623 and #1664 all closer than Benton – Contact at school: Major George Wilson – 870.777.3451
Little Rock Catholic – Previously sponsored by #197 – Camp #197 within 20 miles of school – Contact at school: Colonel Farrell – 501.664.3939
Malvern – Previously sponsored by #619 – Camp #648 is closer than Benton – Contact at school: LTC Mike Shepherd – 501.332.6905
Northside, Ft. Smith – No one previously sponsored this award and unit paid for award and probable quit asking for that reason – Camp #561 withing 20 miles of school – Contact at school: LTC Earl Massey – 479.784.8136
Paragould – Previously sponsored by #1655 – Contact at school: Sergeant First Class Christopher Barkley – 870.573.0651
Van Buren – Previously sponsored by #561 – Camp 561 is within 20 miles of the school – Contact at school: Major Mike Atkins – 479.474.6821 Ext: 215

I am also attaching the mailing list again of all the schools in Arkansas. Brigade Commanders I ask that you forward these on to your camp commanders and see if we can foster some interest from schools that have never taken our award.
Also Brigade Commanders there are a couple of commanders that do not have e-mail addresses that I sent this message to both have e-mail addresses which seldom get looked at. Please ensure they receive this information. Thanks.

Ark JROTC Unit Labels

Ark JROTC Units by County

Trip Wilson
MCPO, U.S. Navy (retired)
Navy JROTC Instructor (retired)
SCV JROTC Award Chairman
843.618.5217 cell

Heritage Update (HB1229)

Heritage Update
I know alot of you have been wondering about H1229 (The Veterans Military Heritage Protection Act)
As you know it passed the committee and the full house with very little objection. It got to the senate committee of State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, the vote was tied which means it failed.
It kinda makes you wonder what they think about the veterans of Arkansas, past and present.
I would like for you to remember Joe Farrer because he is the representative who fought for us from the beginning. Please send him a thank you for HB1229
Here are the Votes on HB1229
Sen. Bryan King Aye
Sen. Jon Woods Aye
Sen. Linda Chesterfield Nay
Sen. Joyce Elliot Nay
Sen. Cecile Bledsoe Aye
Sen. David Johnson Nay
Sen.David Burnett, Vice Chair Nay
Sen.Eddie Joe Williams, Chair Aye
Here is a copy of HB1229 and please feel free to comment
State of Arkansas As Engrossed: H3/5/15
90th General Assembly A Bill
Regular Session, 2015 HOUSE BILL 1229
By: Representative Farrer
For An Act To Be Entitled
SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 22, Chapter 3, is amended to add an additional subchapter to read as follows:
22-3-2101. Title.
This subchapter shall be known and may be cited as the “Arkansas Military Heritage Protection Act”.
22-3-2102. Definitions.
As used in this subchapter:
(1) “Monument” means a statue, a memorial, gravestone plate, nameplate, plaque, historic flag display, school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or reserve that:
(A) Has been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, a historical military figure, historical military event, military organization, or military unit; and
(B) Is located on public property;
(2) “Person” means an individual or entity; and
(3) “Public property” means all property owned or leased by the state, a county, a municipality, or any other entity that is created by act of the General Assembly to perform a public function.
22-3-2103. Preservation of monuments.
(a) A monument commemorating any of the following shall not be relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated, or otherwise disturbed: (1) French and Indian War;
(2) American Revolution;
(3) War of 1812;
(4) Mexican-American War;
(5) Civil War;
(6) Spanish American War;
(7) Border War;
(8) World War I;
(9) World War II;
(10) Korean conflict;
(11) Vietnam War;
(12) Operation Urgent Fury;
(13) Operation El Dorado Canyon;
(14) Operation Just Cause;
(15) Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm;
(16) Operation Enduring Freedom; and
(17) Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(b) A person shall not prevent a governmental entity having responsibility for maintaining a monument from taking proper and appropriate measures, and exercising proper and appropriate means, for the protection, preservation, care, repair, or restoration of the monument.
(c) This section does not preclude a museum from moving or relocating an interior monument or an artifact to provide increased visibility, or to repair or restore the monument if the original intent and structure of the monument or artifact is maintained.
22-3-2104. Applicability.
(a) This subchapter does not apply to:
(1) A monument that is located on public property under the control of, or acquired by, the State Highway Commission that may interfere with the construction, maintenance, or operation of the public transportation system; or
(2) A state, county, or municipality that is temporarily relocating a monument for the purpose of conducting necessary repair, construction, improvement, renovation, or maintenance of a utility, public park, public facility, or public transportation system as long as the monument is returned to the same position that maintains the original intent of the display and the structural integrity of the monument.
(b) The commission shall take reasonable measures to ensure that a monument is preserved to the greatest extent possible.
22-3-2105. Penalty.
Upon conviction, a person that knowingly violates this subchapter is guilty of a Class D Felony.