Missouri Celebrates Confederate Decoration Day

From The Missouri Tenth blog:

Confederate Decoration Day in Higginsville, Missouri

Posted on June 6, 2013 by

2JMOn Saturday, June 1, Confederate Decoration Day was held at the historic Higginsville Confederate Home. A crowd of approximately 150-200 individuals came out to remember and honor the numerous lives lost in our State (Missouri being the third bloodiest state during the war) through presentations in the chapel, historical displays, a remembrance ceremony, and a time for many attendees to lay roses upon the magnificent “Wounded Lion of Lucerne” in tribute of their own Confederate ancestors.

Jim Beckner, a teacher for 33 years, and 2010 Missouri Humanities Award winner, welcomed guests to the events, and asked those in attendance, “Why do we come back? We come back to honor our ancestors, the people of Missouri who continue to help this facility, and because we care. And in life, there are few things better than when one human cares for another and their history.

Later in the service, Darrell Maples, Missouri Division Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, gestured towards the miniature Confederate battle flags that decorated the 800 graves at Saturday’s ceremony, and stated that, “It makes me think what this flag stands for. Certainly it stands for liberty from a tyrannical, oppressive government. Just like when Patrick Henry stated ‘Give me Liberty or give me death!’ Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what these men stood for.”

3UDCAnd at the laying of the memorial wreath on the Wounded Lion statue, Mary Beth Green, United Daughters of the Confederacy President, shared that she became involved with promoting a correct understanding of Confederate symbols and history through her own father being a history teacher. And since she had ancestors who fought in the War between the States, she wanted to help play a role in remembering their sacrifice. Today, stating that she is proud of her Southern blood, she now works as a 25 year member to help continue on this cause.

Now a State Historic Site, Missouri’s Confederate Home once housed more than 1,600 veterans and their wives, children, and widows. Started in 1889 when the Daughter’s of the Confederacy and other interested parties joined forces to purchase 365 acres outside of Higginsville, over the next 60 years (until it’s closing in 1950), the home consisted of 30 buildings, a thriving farm and dairy, and a memorial park. The grounds also provided its own electricity and steam heat. Today, it is now a resting place for 800 veterans, many of them Missouri men who bravely served and sought to protect their Missouri community.

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