LITTLE 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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