December 20, 2020
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On this day, December 19, 2020, after being guest speaker at the Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter 2640, United Daughters of the Confederacy, with little time to spare, Attorney David McCallister and I would travel up the road to the beautiful town of Melrose, Florida, to participate in their annual Christmas Parade of Lights, where the usual sponsors (the Melrose Business and Community Association) had decided to cancel the Parade because of Covid 19 fears.
A community group, the Melrose Patriots, saw how let down their community was because of this decision, and stepped in and took over the reins; the Parade and Heritage Festival would go on.
Mr. McCallister and I would step off with the community participants. The great irony for Mr. McCAallister and myself was that we would be assigned to march in front of the car that was occupied by two Putnam County Commissioners; new member Paul Adamczyk and Commissioner Jeff Rawls, the lone commissioner who had voted to not remove the Confederate soldier’s Cenotaph in downtown Palatka.
They would witness first hand the outpouring of love that the people would give to Mr. Mac and I … waving and shouting the rebel Yell, “God bless you,” and “we love you.”
No denying on this night the love they had for those don in the uniform of the Southern soldier with the Southern Cross in hand.
After the Parade, we would attend the Heritage Festival in Heritage Park, where we would pose for more photographs, to include, with Santa.
It had been a great day in Dixie for Mr. McCallister and I. And we would like to thank Ms. Amy Stanley for the invitation and accept the beautiful shirts that she presented to us. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage – Florida
President, Southern Heritage 411
Honorary Member, Ladies Memorial Association