Jun 08

National Memorial Day Parades (Videos and Pictures)

2014 -

The Nation’s Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. was another successful gathering. We greatly appreciate all of the participants who turned out to support the cause. The Camp and Chapter participants were: Rev. Richard Edgar, Camp Commander Jim Becker and his wife Carol, Camp Adjutant and MOS&B Commander J.J. Smith, MOS&B member Bill Price and his wife Marsha, Ron Kirby and his wife Laurie, and Phil Logan. We were joined by Ray Rooks and the Maryland SCV and Color Guard. Next year we are hoping to have 25 members participate so put May 27th, 2015 on your calendar and plan to join us, cars can be provided to help if walking is problem.

The parade started at 2:00 and we were underway at 2:35. At 3:00 the Parade halted for a moment of silence in remembrance of the soldiers of America who died in the wars of the past. We were well received and covered by News Channel 8 and our marching in remembrance of all Confederate soldiers and their ancestors who have fought for American freedom. Clink on the following link to view a video of the TV recording (provided by Phil Logan): http://youtu.be/J2Kn5oXD6Ms

We were joined by Color Sergerant Ray Rooks and nine flags of the Maryland Color Guard carried by: Dan Fedorko represented the Stringfellow Camp of VA; Mike Hinton, and Steve Hinton represented the Maryland Line Camp; Brian Gehrt and Brandon Gehrt represented the Waddell Camp; Bob Parker and Jim Dunbar represented the Bowling Camp; Maryland Division Commander Jay Barringer (bagpiper), Terry Klima, Jim Bibb, John Zebelean, Lou Fritz, Bill Fronk and Ray Rooks represented the Trimble Camp.  We all came together to honor Confederate soldiers and to show the world that WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS!

A complete set of pictures (including a few cultural paintings from the NGA and the George Washington Chapter SAR) can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link:

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWm1then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow.

2013 -

Every year the Nation’s Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., is always a successful gathering and we greatly appreciate and thank all of the participants who turned out.  We greatly appreciate all of the participants who turned out to support the cause.  The Camp and Chapter participants were: Rev. Richard Edgar, Camp Commander Jim Becker, his wife Carol, and son James, Adjutant J.J. Smith, MOS&B member Bill Price, Ron Kirby, Phil Logan and his friend Elouisa. We were joined by Ray Rooks and the Maryland Color Guard, Ed Creasy and his horse Ranger with his partner Holly Hueston riding Little Buck, and Art Magner of Breckenridge Carriages.

The weather was beautiful and as the Color Guard waited to start, Trace Adkins, an SCV member, greeted a number of our contingent. The Maryland Division Band struck up “Dixie” and the Colors presented, and Trace waved to the Maryland Division Color Guard. The parade started at 2:00 and at 3:00 the Parade halted for a moment of silence in remembrance of the soldiers of America who died in the wars of the past. National Television covered the parade and our marching in  remembrance of all Confederate soldiers.  You can view a video of the TV recording of us by clicking on the following link and then hit play: https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151604826600816

We were joined by Commander Ed Creasy, 47th Virginia Cavalry #2124 on his horse Ranger and his sidekick Holly Hueston ridging Little Buck. Joining Ed Was Art Manger of Breckenridge Carriages. Spectators enjoyed Ed’s charges down Constitution Ave. Color Sergerant Ray Rooks and the flags of the Maryland Color Guard carried by: Dan Fedorko represented the Stringfellow Camp of VA; Mike Hinton, and Steve Hinton represetned the Maryland Line Camp; Brian Gehrt and Brandon Gehrt represented the Waddell Camp; Bob Parker and Jim Dunbar represented the Bowling Camp; Maryland Division Commander Jay Barringer (bagpiper), Terry Klima, Jim Bibb, John Zebelean, Lou Fritz, Bill Fronk and Ray Rooks represented the Trimble Camp.  We all came together to honor Confederate soldiers and to show the world that WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS!

A complete set of pictures can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWO_ then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow.

Additional pictures from past parades and a short video may be viewed at: http://pix.kg/p/7827024701103%3A171827953/scl or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL6M9SnDfAo

Jun 08

2013 Alexandria Confederate Memorial Day May 24th

The Camp and Chapter May 24th Gravesite Service began at 5:30 pm, was well attended and supported by Rob Hodge and Color Sergeant Ray Rooks leading the Maryland Color Guard.

A video of the service can be viewed on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjxtoX_uhfs   All of the picturestaken can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWOd then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow.

For the first time since 1979 the RE Lee Camp held its service at a church other than Christ Church, Alexandria. This year we were graciously hosted by The Anglican Catholic Church of St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland in the Delray section of Alexandria.

Perhaps five years ago Christ Church prohibited our traditional solemn ceremony at the mass Confederate grave from firing volleys by re-enactors over the mass grave while prayers were being said. Two years ago we were then told that our sermon and prayers at the church service had to be pre-approved by the clergy at Christ Church, i.e., censorship. Further, no Confederate flags or uniforms were to be permitted on the church grounds and no Confederate regalia to be displayed on the person that could be viewed at 30 feet. Fr. John Roddy of St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland then welcomed us to his church. Uniforms, flags, and regalia would be no problem. In fact he volunteered to deliver the sermon and bless the banners. His sermon was more than merely memorable, it presented in very direct language the truth and undistorted facts about the WTBS and agreements made that are no longer understood or adhered to.

The decision to go to St. Andrew & St. Margaret was a truly unique choice. A former rector, Rev. H. Paul Porter (requiescat in pace) had served as a Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and, as a Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This conflation makes StA&M distinct throughout our Southland.

In the history of the RE Lee Camp and its predecessors there is no record of a Clergyman blessing the flags and banners. This was a first for the Lee Camp. Over 11 Confederate flags and banners were personally blessed and sprinkled with Holy Water at the chancel rail at the beginning of the service by Fr. John while those present sang all eight verses of God Save the South. You could feel the emotion present.

Over 75 people attended the Service of Remembrance from the RE Lee Camp, the Davis Camp, and the Stringfellow Camp in addition to parishioners and members of the public. Over 11 re-enactors participated to include the famous re-enactor Robert Lee Hodge and the renown Maryland Color Guard led by Color Sergeant Ray Rooks with: Brain Gehrt representing the Waddell Camp; Jim Dunbar representing the Bowling Camp; Bill Fronk, John Zebelean, Lou Fritz, Dr. Dave Denisch, Bill Atwell, Sam Dutterer, and Ray representing the Trimble Camp. This multiple official camp participation was also another first.

Following the service we enjoyed the fellowship of over 60 who attended the BBQ in the St. Andrew undercroft. The attendees of the service and the BBQ were not all the same, so that we can fairly state that there were over 100 that attended one of the two events! This was the best attendance in the living memory of the Lee Camp. It marked a new beginning for our memorial service.

During the dinner and fellowship a Certificate of Appreciation was provided to Honorary Lee Camp Member Ann Graham, who authored “The Bounden Duty of the Progeny – A History: Robert E. Lee Camp, No. 726 Sons of Confederate Veterans” the the first 50 years of the Robert E. Lee Camp. A Robert E. Lee bust was presented to Fr. Roddy. We inducted Brian Lewis, Shane Blevins and his sons Brenden and Blake Blevins into the R.E. Lee Camp and Brian Lewis into the General Samuel Cooper Chapter. We also awarded Brenden Blevins with a check for his attendance at the Sam Davis Youth Camp.  He will report to us on his experiences at a fall meeting.

In the week following, Ann Graham sent the following message to Richard Abell, “Richard:  You deserve a big thank you for hosting this year’s service — not only for hosting it, but for making it one of the best services in a very long time.  Your church was just right, and Reverend Roddy was an outstanding speaker.  I think we all resonated with everything he said, and what a joy to hear someone say those things again.  Watching the flags being carried down the aisle was a very emotional experience for me.  Everything was just top-notch.  Thank you so much; it was obvious that a lot of effort and love went into making it just right.”

I echo her thoughts and praise to Richard and all of those who helped to make this event one of the very best we have experienced in our history.

Apr 26

We Need You – Please sign up and help further the cause

You are the future of the camp and we need you. If you’ve read the article in the June General Orders on the 2013 National Memorial Day Parade you know that the R.E. Lee Camp had the pleasure and honor of joining with fellow groups from the SCV, Living Historians portraying Leaders, Soldiers, and Ladies of the Old South to create an extremely impressive presence in the National Memorial Day Parade.  Our contingents included equestrians, musicians, color guards, portrayals of the high officers and foot soldiers of the Confederacy and a horse drawn carriage carrying ladies in costume portraying southern womanhood.  As this event was broadcast live on national TV, our message of Southern Heritage and Honor was presented to thousands across the Nation as we stayed in front of the reviewing stand during the moment of silence, Taps, the flyover, and the singing of Amazing Grace.

I want to thank our camp/chapter members and the members of the participating groups listed in the article, who worked with us to send our message to the public.  Thank you all for your commitment and participation at this event in this second year of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between The States. We honored our Veterans and all American Veterans.  For a moment in time, the streets of the Capital belonged to us.  Congratulations!!

I urge all camp members to participate in our public events as we do not want to become a camp that basically meets, greets, and eats.  We are offered truly unique opportunities to display the Battle Flag in public.  The day we cannot muster enough participants to take this opportunity and use it to the fullest will be the day our history is consigned to the dark corners of museums and will cease to be a living heritage.  Join us as we experience the cheers and salutes of the public when they see the Battle Flag.  Share the feeling of having done your duty to honor your ancestor(s) before the public as the Camp and Color Guard need new recruits.  If you are interested in joining us, volunteering to help us, or desire to become a camp officer please let me know.

Deo Vindice,
Jim Becker
Camp Commander
beckerjim@gmail.com

Feb 23

Video links of the R.E. Lee Camp marching in local parades

The following link displays the R.E. Lee Camp and fellow compatriots in the 2011Washington DC National Memorial Day Parade.  The video was edited and posted by the camp Sergeant at Arms, Phil Logan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2F4mNYRVgM

The Alexandria 2011 George Washington’s Birthday Parade was an outstanding success for Southern Heritage. A video of the Parade was produced and posted to YouTube by Sergeant at Arms Phil Logan using images captured by Richard Fickling, thank you both. You may view the video by going to: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBd4Hth2ZZQ

To view the camp in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC go to:

Feb 22

George Washington Birthday Parade

Under the most excellent leadership of Color Sergeant Todd Lewis, R.E. Lee Camp 726 and it’s commander, Jim Becker, and his wife Carol along with many other members of the camp were joined by many historically minded groups to make an outstanding presence during this Sesquicentennial period (1861-1865).  Congratulations and a special thank you to all those who participated in this year’s Washington’s Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria.  What a beautiful day for a parade.  Participants included members of the Maryland Division Color Guard, the Frank Stringfellow Camp #822, the Clinton Hatcher Camp #21, the Liberty Hall Fife & Drum Corps led by Joe Whitney, and the 17th Virginia Infantry led by Rob Hodge, “the Alexandria Riflemen” all marching with Compatriots from the R.E. Lee Camp #726. 

Special thanks to Joan and J.J. Smith for opening their home to us, as we assembled for the parade on Wilkes St.  WE ARE A BAND of BROTHERS!

Some pictures follow with a link to all of the pictures aat the bottom.

 

R.E. Lee Camp Banner

 

Liberty Hall Fife & Drum Corps led by Joe Whitney

 

Maryland Division Color Guard led by Ray Rooks

To view all the pictures taken that day click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWhp

Jan 19

Annual R.E. Lee Banquet at BHCC

The R.E. Lee Banquet celebrating the General’s 207th birthday was a resounding success. Camp member, Dr. J. Phillip “Jack” London spoke on General R.E. Lee and how he relates to his new book, Character: The Ultimate Success Factor. Based on Jack’s personal, corporate and military experiences, as well as many other real-life examples. Jack discussed the vital role character plays in our attitudes, actions, and abilities to pursue our goals throughout our lives.

All royalties from your purchase of book(s) will go to CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services), a charity which assists wounded warriors and their families during rehabilitation. For more information, please visit the following link: www.characterthebook.com. 

You can learn more about our distinguished member and speaker by going to:

http://www.caci.com/about/bios/london.shtml. 

Hon. Richard Bender Abell with Jim Whitehead, John O. Goddin, Wells Goddin, and the Rev. John Lewis Roddy

 

Kim and Mary Jane Holien with Terri and Doug Batson (Gen. & Mrs. D.H. Hill)

Our annual Banquet is well worth your time and investment.  Please plan on joining us next year on Sunday January 18th, 2015 for the General’s 208th birthday banquet and sponsoring your ancestors.  Additional pictures may be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link and then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow:

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Sep 23

Welcome from Camp Commander Jim Becker

Welcome to our web-site where we hope you will find useful information about our camp and our activities and where prospective members can find the information they need.   Hopefully you will find links to relevant sites and to key camp personnel who can address any questions you may have.  It is my hope to grow the camp roster through a multitude of excellent gatherings with our compatriots to strengthen our resolve and relationships in a manner that would make General Lee proud. We have volunteer opportunities in the camp if you would consider offering your time and talents to learn, serve, and build life-long relationships with fellow compatriots.  Let me know if you are interested in taking on some responsibility and we will work with you.  You are the future of the camp and we need you.

Key points of contact within the camp are:

Camp Commander – Jim Becker…….………………….. BeckerJim@gmail.com

Camp Adjutant & Treasurer - J.J. Smith…………….. jossmith@mba1962.hbs.edu

Lieutenant Commander – Harry Day…………………. h53ncrgt@gmail.com

We have had many successful events, look for details in the past and current General Orders and also the past events Tab(click on General Orders Tab or Past Events Tab across the top of the website home page) .

Please mark your calendars to reserve the dates for our upcoming events that you will certainly want to consider attending (see right side of Home webpage):

Up-coming 2014 events follow:

Monday February 17th the George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA where we join by many different SCV camps and groups in Virginia and Maryland. 

Monday March 3th Dinner meeting with speaker David Bridges at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs). David’s topic will be: Who are the American Heroes.

Monday April  7th Dinner meeting with speaker Ed Trexler at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

Saturday May 24th – Confederate Memorial Day services with dinner following at St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland in Del Ray section of Alexandria.

Monday May 26th – Nation’s Memorial Day parade in Washington DC.

Sunday June 8th – DC UDC 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at The Arlington National Cemetery Confederate Memorial, Jackson Circle, in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ 206th Birthday.

Sunday June 22nd – Annual Mint Julep and Cigar Garden Party 4:00 – 7:00 at the home of Robert Latane Montague, III at 119 S. Lee Street in Alexandria behind The Athenaeum Museum (details will be in the next General Orders)

Saturday September 27th – Annual Camp BBQ at Tunnel Flats in Alexandria.

Monday November 3rd – Camp dinner at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

Monday December  1st – Annual Christmas Party/Dinner hosted by the MOS&B  at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

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Past 2014 events follow (see the past General Orders for details):

Sunday January 19, 2014 – Annual R.E. Lee 207th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club with speaker Jack London the CFO of CACI (details in the January 2014 General Orders).

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Past 2013 events follow (see the past General Orders for details):

Saturday January 19th was the  R.E. Lee 206th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA.  Our speaker: Ann Graham, past chapter president of the Alexandria Mary Custis Lee 17th VA Reg #7 UDC, presented detailed accounts of the first 50 years of our camp, the R.E. Lee Camp #726 SCV.  This was a very successful event.  Go to the January 2013 General Orders for details.

Saturday February 2nd, 11:00 AM, the Crypt, US Capitol “DC Division UDC” commemoration of 206th Birthday of RE Lee (see the February 2013 General Orders for details).

Monday February 18th the George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA was another grand event where we were joined by many different SCV camps and groups in Virginia and Maryland.  Two of the groups that joined us were awarded 2nd place for their catagory (see the February 2013 General Orders for pictures and details).

Monday March 4th Dinner meeting with speaker William Connery, author of Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 (See March General Orders for details).

Monday April 1st Dinner meeting with D.H. Hill, played by our own Doug Batson and his wife Terri, come and witness “I will Not Submit to the Swindle!” (see April General Orders for details).

Friday May 24th – Confederate Memorial Day services with dinner following (see June General Orders and Post)

Monday May 27th – Nation’s Memorial Day parade in Washington DC  (see June General Orders and Post)

Sunday June 2nd – DC UDC 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at The Arlington National Cemetery Confederate Memorial, Jackson Circle, in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ 205th Birthday (details will be in the next General Orders)

Sunday June 23rd – Annual Mint Julep and Cigar Garden Party 4:00 – 7:00 at the home of Robert Latane Montague, III at 119 S. Lee Street in Alexandria behind The Athenaeum Museum (details will be in the next General Orders)

Saturday September 28th – Annual Camp BBQ at Tunnel Flats in Alexandria was another camp success, see the October General Orders for details.

Monday November 4th – Camp dinner at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs). See November General Orders for details

Monday December  2nd – Annual Christmas Party/Dinner hosted by the MOS&B  at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs). See December General Orders for details.

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For additional information about the camp or our events you may email me or the camp adjutant.  I do hope that you will be able to come and join us for great food, drink, and fellowship at any of the above events and I hope that you will consider joining our ranks.  I hope that you have an exciting and fulfilling 2014 and I look forward to meeting you at any of the events listed above or in the Events section of the front page.

Deo Vindice, Cmdr Jim Becker