John-WeaverDo you lament the revisionist history being foisted on kids today, especially the mythology that passes for southern history?  A camp with a purpose, the annual Sam Davis Youth Camp, provides an opportunity for young people to learn the truth.

For five days youth are treated to some topnotch presentations regarding various aspects of southern history. Young people from age 12 to 19 are eligible to attend. Children who are younger may attend with a parent. Campers have a very full day beginning with the first presentation at 9:00. The day usually ends with a campfire at 10:00.

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During the annual Memorial Day program held inside Woodlawn Funeral Home due to rain, two local trumpeters were honored.

The Col. Robert Anderson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, presented the two with the SAR Outstanding Citizenship Pin and Certificate. This is a prestigious award given to those who attained noteworthy achievements in their community and state.

Speaking on behalf of chapter president Victor Compton and the chapter members, master of ceremonies Charles Porter, the past state and chapter SAR president noted that despite a 50-year difference in age between the two recipients, they both have a strong sense of community service.

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A Veteran of the Vietnam War, Shivers was Recipient of Four Purple Hearts, Silver Star Medal, and Battlefield Commission

Steve-ShiversLieutenant Colonel Stephen L. Shivers, USMC (Ret), was presented the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution War Medal and Certificate. Charles Porter of the Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, made the presentation on Memorial Day, 2010, during ceremonies at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Porter summarized Shivers’ military service.

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The Col. Robert Anderson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution and Oakmont East Nursing Home honored veterans living at Oakmont East Nursing Home May 10.

Charles Porter was master of ceremonies. The Berea High School Air Force Junior ROTC color guard presented the colors. Heather Peel, Miss Greenville, sang the National Anthem. Beth Adams, activities director at Oakmont, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Warren Berg, a retired pastor who attends Buncombe Road Baptist Church, gave the invocation and benediction.

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Columbia-Confederate-MemorialConfederate Memorial Day was observed in Columbia on Saturday, May 1, beginning at 10 AM at Elmwood Cemetery and concluding at the State House around 1 PM.  Officially, the SC State Confederate Memorial Day is Monday, May 10, the same day as General “Stonewall” Jackson’s birthday. However, throughout the state, observances are held on various days in different towns and cities as May is Confederate History Month in South Carolina.

Three UDC Chapters were in charge of the service held at Elmwood Cemetery including Mary Boykin Chestnut Chapter, Columbia Chapter, and Wade Hampton Chapter.  Nita Keisler, SC Division Recorder of Military Service Awards, presided over the event.   Introduced were the SC Division UDC President Retta Tindal, the President of the SC Division Children of the Confederacy; Josh Herron, SC Division SCV Commander Mark Simpson, and Military Order of Stars and Bars Commander Joe Payne.

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The Sixteenth Regiment, Sons of Confederate Veterans held a Confederate Memorial Service at Springwood Cemetery in Greenville Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The event was planned and directed by the Regimental Chaplain, Rev. Mark Evans.

The Memorial Address was delivered by Mark A. Simpson, Commander, South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Music for the service was provided by the Kendall sisters: Christiana, Prentiss and Lisë.

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“Mr. Lincoln and His War” Author Makes Case that Lincoln was “Executed” not “Assassinated”

Dr-John-Chandler-GriffinDr. John Chandler Griffin was the guest speaker at the February 25th meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Greenville.

Dr. Griffin earned a scholarship to Presbyterian College as a high school quarterback, dropped out of college and joined the Eighty-second Airborne Division. He discovered his love for writing sending long letters back home. After completing his military service, he earned a degree in English and completed work for his Ph.D. and began teaching. He retired in 1998 as a full professor and received the honorary title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

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