RALEIGH, N.C., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be hosting a Confederate Memorial Service on Sunday, May 4th, 1997 at Oakwood Cemetery in the historic district of downtown Raleigh. This service, which is the culmination of the division's annual convention, will take place at 1:30pm in the Confederate section of the cemetery. Mr. Michael Taylor of Albemarle, N.C., an authority on the battle of Gettysburg, will be the guest speaker. During the service a monument honoring the soldiers interrred at Oakwood who fought at Gettysburg will be dedicated. There will also be a tree of remembrance seeded from an oak tree on Seminary Ridge, which was the main Confederate line during this most pivotal battle of the war, planted on the grounds. The public is invited to come out and share in this very special service to the Confederate soldier. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, the direct heir to the United Confederate Veterans, is the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers in existence. The Sons of Confederate Veterans are today striving to present and preserve the true history of the Confederate soldier so that future generations will have a better understanding of the motives which animated the Confederate Cause. The 2500 members state-wide in North Carolina are actively engaged in presenting programs about the Confederacy to the public, preservation work associated with the war and research and study of the war. The SCV in North Carolina also hold memorial services for Confederate veterans such as the one at Oakwood cemetery throughout the state. For more information on the Sons of Confederate call 1-800 MY DIXIE (1-800-693-4943) or for information on activities and events associated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans call 1-800-MY SOUTH (1-800-697-6884).
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