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April 30, 2016 / Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony / Hillsborough County Confederate Memorial Park
Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony
Memorial Marker Dedication – Saturday, April 30th
Keynote Speaker: HK Edgerton
Followed by Lunch at Harry’s Famous BBQ in Seffner, FL
Confederate Memorial Day in Florida is April 26th. In addition to placing a wreath on “Memoria in Aeterna” at 9 a.m. that day, this year the Chapter will observe Confederate Memorial Day with a Ceremony & Memorial Marker Dedication with a keynote speech by HK Edgerton.
Edgerton is a national figure active in the defense of the Confederate Soldier and his symbols. A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. era civl-rights activist, Edgerton was president of his home town chapter of the NAACP in Asheville, NC, and was at the convention in Dallas, TX in 1991 where the “Southern Cross” of the Confederate Veteran was labeled an ‘odious blight on the universe”.
That day would be a turning point for Edgerton, when he realized the NAACP was taking a direction away from advocating for the advancement of one group but, becoming an on organization hell-bent on destroying the good name of the Confederate Veteran.
In the ensuing years, he would come to the aide of dozens and dozens of children, he would call them ‘his babies’, who had been suspended from public schools for showing pride in their family’s history, heritage and home by wearing a Southern themed t-shirt to school.
Since that time, Edgerton has made it his life’s work to speak for the thousands of Southerners who, for fear of being called a ‘racist’, cannot speak for themselves. In the process has become a hero not just to his “babies” but to their mothers, fathers and grandparents alike.
We are pleased to welcome to Tampa Bay to help us dedicate one of the Memorial Markers at Hillsborough County Confederate Veterans Memorial Park – the monument to “Black Confederates”.
Edgerton often publicly states that the South wouldn’t have lasted a day but for the free and slave participation on behalf of the Southern Confederacy. It is estimated that 60,000 free and slave blacks served in the armed forces from the Southern states. Edgerton is always cognizant not to forget those who stayed at home and supported the effort, by growing food, raising money, and by supporting the Cause however they could – just like their brothers and sisters with lighter skin.
This year we will adjourn for lunch for good eats at “Harry’s Famous BBQ” in Seffner after the ceremony.
This is a shopping opportunity, as Chapter members and prospects are encouraged to wear our traditional “Memorial Service” white (or ivory) from head to toe (shoes, hose, dresses/suits) with accompanying wear hats and gloves.
This year we will resume a favorite Confederate Memorial Day activity of having a “Memorial Wreath” that will bear flower placed by attendees in honor of their Confederate Patriot.
Please print and mail the form below to ensure your ancestor’s inclusion in the program. It must be received by April 20th.
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime, high-quality even so make plans to participate. You will be happy you did if you invite prospective members including family, friends from work or Church or anyone else you would like to learn more about Southern history.