CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY 1992
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona
On April 25, 1992 the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 held its first-ever Confederate Memorial Day ceremony at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, an event which has since become a tradition for War Between the States historic and reenacting organizations in Arizona. A large crowd of over 50 people attended this first event, including representatives of all then-existing Arizona SCV Camps (all two of them!) as well as the Arizona Civil War Council, and other local historical organizations. In addition, we had the honour of welcoming Mr. Marcos Andrade, personal representative of the Mayor of Phoenix, who was there to honor Private Emil Ganz of the 21st Georgia Infantry, who served as a three-term Mayor of Phoenix in the 1890s and is buried at Greenwood Memory Lawn.
Herb Webster of the Arizona Civil War Council gave the Invocation and Benediction, and delivered a eulogy to the Confederate Dead at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.
Robert Perkins, Commander of the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, gave the keynote address, praising the bravery, slef-sacrifice and devotion to duty and country displayed by Confederate soldiers during the war and their many contributions to the development of Arizona and the nation after the war.
Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525's Lt. Commander, Robert Wilbanks IV, and Compatriot Wise of the Confederates of La Paz Camp 1572 (Bouse, Arizona) lay a wreath in honour of the Confederate Dead at the Cross of the Unknown Soldier during the 1992 Confederate Memorial Day ceremony at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.
The musket party provided by the Arizona Civil War Council waits for the order to render honours to the Confederate Dead at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.
10-year-old Russ Dykes of the Arizona Civil War Council plays "Taps" in honour of the Confederate dead buried at Greenwood Memory Lawn. To his left, Camp Commander Robert Perkins looks on. The Confederate Colour Guard dips the colours in honour of the dead.
Dan Huskisson's Confederate Artillery Battery fires a cannon salute in honour of the Confederate Dead. The cannon used was a full-scale 6-pounder, and the roar of the gun was very impressive (evidenced by a number of car alarms which were set off!).
OUR FIRST PRESS COVERAGE
An article about our first Confederate Memorial Day ceremony held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery on 25 April 1992. The article, which was very positive, appeared in THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC on Sunday, 26 April 1992, p. B-1.
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