JULY 23, 2020
Sons of Confederate Veterans Reunion & My Sister
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
The tongue lashing that I received from my sister about my attendance at the Sons of Confederate Veterans was reminiscent of my mom, and I have no other choice but to report it.
“Boy, I saw that video of you whining about the treatment you received from Calvin Hart, a Commander who, in my opinion, ‘revolutionized’ the security protocol in the room that you entered, no matter your intent, or the way it was in previous years.
And while I don’t agree with how he, or his men, interacted with you about it, you cannot act as though you are some kind of prima donna. And, you know, because of the love that the Southern people have for you that video is no more than a prolepsis against Mr. Hart.
When you came home after the Historic March Across Dixie, strutting around mama’s house like a banty rooster, she asked you “Were her babies who wore their Dixie Outfitters shirts that bore the Christian Cross of St. Andrew to school still being told to turn them inside out or go home?” And your answer was “Yes, mama.” “And are my babies who show up with the Southern Cross on their truck beds for no other reason than their Southern pride, told to remove them?” “Yes, mama,” was your reply. And, she said to you, ‘Quit your strutting around here because you haven’t done enough.’
And now I have just two questions for you since I heard you say that you had no official role at the re-union. (1) Did you have a good time?”
My answer: While I had no official function to perform at the re-union, it was truly a re-union for me. So many dear friends I would see. It was a love fest for me from the minute I entered the building. The ladies of the Order of the Confederate Rose and those of the United Daughters of the Confederacy quickly made sure of that. And, not to forget, all those Sons who would join in.
And (2) “Are the Memorials to our Southern heroes in St. Augustine and Pensacola still under attack or, for that matter, is the one to Governor Vance right here in downtown Asheville?”
“Yes” was my reply.
“It is no secret,” she said, “that the singing of Dixie is a sure fire way to uplift the spirit of our Southern people. It is something that we all need in light of the feelings we have as we watch the Southern social and cultural genocide that the Honorable Kirk D. Lyons foretold to those of us, including mama, in his speech more than a decade ago in the cemetery at Asheville School.
You have to understand that those men of the Sons and, not to forget, the ladies of the Rose, gathered in their places to elect officers of their Administrations, and to gather strategies to deal with the carnage we face in our homeland, and arguably against the nation and what is left of the Republic.”
“You have not done enough, and don’t come back here whining. You’ve been spoiled by our Southern family. And, don’t have me call Ms. Lunelle and tell her that!”
God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage – Florida
Honorary Life Member, Zebulon Vance Camp 15, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Bradford Rose Camp 1638, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Longstreet Zoli Coffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Member, Confederate Legion, Judah P. Benjamin Camp 2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Camp Commander, Grandbury’s Texas Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1478
Honorary Life Member, Isaac Newton Giffen Camp 758, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, James M. Keller Camp 648, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Forrest Orphans Camp 1744, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Augusta Jane Evans Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Honorary Associate Member, Abner Baker Chapter 14, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans, H.L. Hunley Award
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert E. Lee Award
Honorary Scot of Austin
South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Citizen of the Year Award
Recipient, Asheville Police Department, Citizenship Award
Recipient, Key to the City of Toccoa, Georgia
Recipient, Key to the City of Carthage, Texas
President, Southern Heritage 411