Friday, June 04, 2010

The 202nd birthday celebration of President Jefferson Davis At Arlington National Cemetery this Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The 202nd Birthday Celebration of President Jefferson Davis at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, June 6th, 2010
Please do not forget...We are just a couple of days away from the 202nd birthday celebration of President Jefferson Davis and the 96th Annual Confederate Ceremony to be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

In June of 1900, the Congress of the United States approved a section of land to be dedicated as a Confederate burial ground within Arlington National Cemetery. Fourteen years later, on the 106th birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and President Woodrow Wilson unveiled a more than thirty-two foot statue to honour the 482 Confederate soldiers buried beneath these grounds. This bronze and polished granite monument was designed and sculpted by Confederate veteran Moses Ezekiel. Following in that tradition, on Sunday, June the 6th, at three o'clock, the Confederate Memorial Committee of the District of Columbia, Inc., and the Jefferson Davis Camp #305, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will gather for the annual memorial ceremony at this famed Confederate shrine at Jackson Circle in Arlington National Cemetery.

This, indeed, is a special year, as we celebrate the 202nd birthday of Jefferson Finis Davis. Although words alone cannot serve to properly recognize this hero of the South, our first President, one inscription on the Confederate monument comes close to describing the character of the man we choose to honour:
Not for fame or reward
Not for place or for rank
Not lured by ambition
Or goaded by necessity
But in simple obedience to duty
as they understood it
these men suffered all
sacrificed all
dared all -- and died.

This year's keynote speaker will be Mr. Wesley Pruden, Editor Emeritus of the Washington Times. There are attached to this post an event flier and map for your information and convenience to get you there.

Also, here are directions for those coming from Richmond, and southward, to get to Arlington...
Drive north on Route 95. Near the Washington Beltway, Route 95 will merge with the Beltway-do not merge with the Beltway. Continue traveling north on Route 395 toward Washington, DC. Take Exit 8-B (Arlington National Cemetery exit). This exit is to Route 27. Stay in the left lane until reaching the circle (on the Virginia side of the Arlington Memorial Bridge). Proceed counter-clockwise around the circle to Memorial Drive.

Once you get to the cemetery, there will be guards directing you to the parking garage/visitors center... do not take this. You actually get free parking at Arlington for coming to the ceremony. Tell the guards that you are attending the Confederate service at Jackson Circle. They will then direct you straight into the cemetery, which is Eisenhower Drive.

Follow Eisenhower and then take your third right, Bradley Drive, follow it straight and it becomes Porter Drive. Follow Porter until it T's into McPherson Drive, and then take a right on McPherson. Jackson Circle will be on your left.

Jackson Circle is marked by name and number 16 at the top of the map.

Should you have any other questions, please let us know, and we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday! E-Mail:

Confederate Memorial Committee
of the District of Columbia

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