United Daughters of the Confederacy Feliciana Chapter 2665, Sons of Confederate Veterans Capt. Gustavus A. Scott Camp 244 and the Louisiana State Militia 10th Brigade sponsored Confederate Memorial Day on June 1 at Centenary State Historic Site in Jackson.
Eugenia Vaughn, St. Tammany Greys UDC Chapter 2448 historian, spoke on the origins of the Confederate flag. SCV member Nathan Sheehan spoke about the cemetery’s history. Shirley Leggett, Kathy Welch and Linda Courtney sang “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Catherine Jacocks of Feliciana UDC read an original poem. SCV member Paul Martin spoke on “The Day the War Stopped” that is re-enacted every year in St. Francisville.
Bagpiper Kent Howard led a processional from the park office to the Confederate Cemetery. Daniel Goyer, Centenary State Historic Site manager, and Mary Woodyear, Friends of Centenary president, welcomed attendees. Mary Anna Leverett and Jacocks placed a commemorative wreath at the Confederate Memorial. Other program participants were Charles Bobo, Jayce Hamilton, Caylence Hadden and Shane Duncan.
Chip Landry and Randy Jarreau were recognized for winning the Jefferson Davis Medal from the Feliciana UDC Chapter. SCV member Jason Kennedy spoke on “The Bonnie Blue Flag” and led everyone in singing the song, along with “Dixie.”
Rebecca Marchiafava, director of education and outreach with the Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center, spoke to the Baton Rouge Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on May 20 at the State Archives building.
The chapter held a memorial service for members who died in 2012: Mary Evelyn Reeves Butts, Deborah Lynn Reese Hebert, Viola Keopple Hopkins, Mary Sue Knappenberge Lutz, Mary Elba Sanders Phillips, Marion Jeanette Norman Rollins and Margaret Vaughan Sisson.
State First Vice Regent Rachel Grace installed 2013-15 chapter officers: Regent Lea Evans, First Vice Regent Rezzie Meyer, Third Vice Regent Judy Burch, Chaplain Louise Strong, Recording Secretary Linda Palazzo, Treasurer Ina Navarre, Corresponding Secretary Janis Lowe, Registrar June McGraw, Historian Emily Bond, Librarian Barbara McCormick, Curator Lona Gros and Parliamentarian Carrie Fager.
Zora Olsson was recognized for placing first nationally in the Heritage Art and Sculpture contest sponsored by the American Heritage Committee. She will receive the award at the 122nd Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., in June.
Members participated in the Memorial Day Flag Ceremony on May 25 at Port Hudson National Cemetery. They helped place flags on the 13,000 graves of servicemen buried there. The chapter donated some of the flags placed on the graves.
Members attended the Philemon Thomas Chapter Sons of the American Revolution luncheon and meeting on June 6 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Retired Judge C. Lenton Sartain Jr. showed a video on World War II servicemen, focusing on D-Day.
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