East Texans remember Confederate ancestors at courthouse ceremony

Sunday, January 20, 2013
By Richard Yeakley

A gun salute, the sound of “Taps” and the singing of “Dixie” sounded across the Gregg County Courthouse lawn Saturday as dozens of East Texans remembered their ancestors who served in the Confederate Army.

Representatives from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Order of the Confederate Rose were on hand to celebrate Confederate Heroes Day in front of the Confederate Heroes Monument.

“We are here to honor Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and your ancestors,” said Sam Mercer, commander of the Gen. John Gregg Camp in Longview.

The service, which commemorates the birthday of Confederate Civil War general Lee, included the placing of the wreaths near the confederate heroes monument and recognition of the Confederate soldiers whose descendants were at the ceremony.

“We believe that they provided a heritage and a legacy,” Laney Pearson, chaplain of the Gen. John Gregg Camp, told the gathered crowd. “Those principles (that they fought for) have not left us in these many years.”

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