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About 150 people attended a Saturday memorial service at Wilson’s Maplewood Cemetery to honor the memories of Confederate Civil War casualties.
Wilson’s two Sons of Confederate Veterans camps, the Jesse Barnes Camp and the Gen. William Dorsey Pender Camp, sponsored and organized the observance.
Jeff Bost, commander of the SCV’s Pender Camp, called the event to order and introduced the various speakers to the crowd.
Lamar Pender, brigade commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, addressed those in attendance, followed by the main presentation by Ernie Carson.
Carson elaborated on the trials and tribulations all those of the South had to endure during the years of the war, the sacrifices they made and said that these efforts deserve respect and honor.
Zoe Ray McLain, Nathan Varnell and Neal Cobb all spoke briefly on what Confederate Memorial Day means to them. Bost acknowledged and thanked all who supported putting the event on and Homer Robbins played taps on the bugle.
Kenneth Meeks, chaplain of the SCV’s Pender Camp, delivered the closing prayer and the event culminated with a cannon-fire salute.