Sir Winston Churchill once said: “The flags of the Confederate States of America were very important and a matter of great pride to those citizens living in the Confederacy. They are also a matter of great pride for their descendants as part of their heritage and history.”

You ain’t just whistling Dixie!

Early Confederate Memorial Day service.

Early Confederate Memorial Day service.

Memorial Day in America was first held as “Decorations Day” in the South in honor of both the soldiers of Confederate gray and Union blue.

Some folks call the War Between the States, 1861-1865, a lost cause but stories of the heroic—brave men and women who stood for Southern Independence are still cherished in the hearts and souls of many people throughout the South.

Saturday, April 26th is Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia and other states.

The only surviving copy of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America — a part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections — will be displayed a day earlier on Friday April 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia, 300 S. Hull Street, Athens, Georgia.

Confederate Memorial Day has been a legal holiday in Georgia since 1874 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly and bill signed by then Governor James Smith, who also served as Confederate Colonel, Lawyer and Congressman.

Some say one of the first Confederate Memorial Days took place in Columbus, Mississippi, on April 25, 1866. Today, it is held on April 26th in some states and May and June in others. For over 100 years the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Ladies Memorial Association have kept the memory of the Confederate soldier eternal.

Southern newspapers once reported Confederate soldiers marching in Confederate Memorial Day parades and sounding off with a husky Rebel Yell of “Yip, yip, yip” that turned the tides of many battles.

There was a time when businesses and schools closed in observance of Confederate Memorial Day. It was a day when many thousands of people would congregate at the Confederate cemetery for the day’s events that included: a parade, memorial speeches, military salute and children laying flowers on the soldiers’ graves. The band played “Dixie” and the soldier played taps.

Today, those of little knowledge about those men of gray attack the Confederate flag that was bravely carried in many battles…And they want the Confederate flag removed from the Confederate statue at the State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina. When the soldiers of Blue and Gray walked the earth, few criticized these men.

Did you know that Black Confederate soldiers are buried at a historic Black College for men in Atlanta, Georgia?

April is Confederate History and Heritage Month.

A native of Georgia, Calvin Johnson,  Chairman of the National and Georgia Division,
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate History Month Committee—-Scv.orglives near the historic town of Kennesaw and he’s a member of the Chattahoochee Guards Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is the author of the book “When America Stood for God, Family and Country.” Calvin can be reached at: