Next week's Dixie Heritage Letter will also be drafted on the 18th. Please feel free to eMail and at some time in my trip when I have access to internet I will read your comments and reply as needed.
Any items ordered from last week's newsletter have shipped by the 18th. Any items ordered from today's letter will ship on December 1st.
The enemies of our Heritage just keep piling on here in Florida. This week, the State Senate launched yet another attack against our heritage:
Senate panel votes for bill to remove Confederate statue Similar bill moving in the Florida House
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -Florida legislators are moving ahead with a proposal to replace the statue of a Confederate general at the U.S. Capitol.
A Florida Senate panel on Tuesday voted for a bill calling for removal of the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith from the Capitol, where every state is allowed to have two statues. Only Sen. Alan Hays voted no on the bill.
A similar bill is also moving in the Florida House. The full Legislature will likely consider the bill during the 2016 session that starts in January.
The bill (SB 310) sponsored by Sen. John Legg would start the process of selecting a sculptor and a prominent Floridian to replace Smith.
The Florida Senate voted in October to remove the Confederate battle flag from the chamber's official seal.
Editor's Note: I spoke this past Saturday to a UDC luncheon in central Florida and heard discussion that there is a bill proposed here in Florida that would make it illegal to display a Confederate Battle Flag on any government owned property (city, county, State, or Federal).
I have been trying to investigate the bill but have not been able to verify its existence. That is not to say that it is not in pre-presentation draft. For some reason, Florida's legislature is on an all-out attack against all things "Confederate" right now.
This past weekend the SCV took a LOT of backlash and crap for their participation in the annual Veterans Day Parade at the State Capital in Tallahassee. Here is one of the AP reports from Monday:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's a sight many people didn't want to see on Veterans Day. The Confederate flag was marched along North Monroe Street during the parade.
"It was very disheartening to see that. It was insulting. It took away from the actual event and what we were there for," Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson, said.
Vet Events Tally runs the parade. They've been receiving complaints after the group, Sons of Confederate Veterans made the display and passed out small Confederate flags.
One angry parade-goer, Sharon Ferguson, told WCTV, "I am appalled by the inclusion of Confederate supporters being in this parade. My father was a WWII vet and would be so upset over a parade ostensibly done to honor him, condoning those that represent slavery, racism and lynching."
Sons of Confederate Veterans says they pass out the flags every year and have never had a problem before.
Eyewitness News asked the group what it would say to people who say the flag is a symbol of hate.
"I say it's a symbol of heritage. It's a symbol of my ancestry. It honors the veterans who fought on the war between the states on the side of the confederacy," Kelly Crocker with Sons of Confederate Veterans said.
Vet Events Tally says any item that represents patriotism or military history can be passed out along the route.
"That is a part of confederacy history and we 'okayed' it because it had historical significance," Joe West, President of Vet Events Tally, said.
"It needs to be in a museum where those who revere that sort of thing can certainly see it in a museum but not made public at public events," Commissioner Richardson added.
Vet Events Tally is holding a meeting Monday night at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue.
This weekend in Georgia:
GRISWOLDVILLE BATTLEFIELD LIVING HISTORY & COMMEMORATION
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015
Order of Program:
9:30-11:30 AM - Living History Program
10:30 AM - Battlefield Tours
12 Noon - Memorial Service
Honoring those that served at the battle of Griswoldville and environs, November, 1864
Presentation of Colors - Color Guard
Welcome - Charles Whitehead
Scripture Reading and Invocation - Chaplain Joel Whitehead, Jr.
Musical Selection- by: Simple Heritage
Introduction of Speaker - J.C. Nobles
Guest Speaker - Rev. Joey Young
CRAIGSLIST CONFEDERATE STATUE?
Three days ago a 6 foot tall Confederate Statue listed on Craigslist for $1,500
VISIT OUR WEBSITE:
YES, we are still giving a FREE eBook (PDF) copy of the book The Truth About the Confederate Flag to everyone who visits the website - so tell your friends - and your enemies!
Until next week,