Spring is here! I know many of you are planting flowers and gardens while we have beautiful weather! As you all know, April is the month we honor our Confederate history/heritage in Alabama. This year is especially important to make our presence known, do something positive in your town or community to honor our Confederate history. I know many of you have special events planned such as grave markings or awarding Military Service Awards. If your Chapter doesn't have anything planned, you could do something as simple as placing a plain green wreath on a Confederate statue, monument or marker in your area; you could place small flags on Confederate graves; clean graves or simply fly the First National Flag at your home. The Alabama Division has two events planned this month. The first is our annual CofC Confederate Memorial event to be held at Confederate Park at 10am April 23, please come and support our children, it means so much to them to have adults
there. Director Tammie Evans has done an excellent job with the children and I know this day will be special to all who attend. The next event will be Monday, April 25th at 10am on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery by our
monument. The Division sponsors Alabama Confederate Memorial Day each April and it is especially important that we have a large gathering this year. Last year, we had approximately 200 attendees, we need to try and double our numbers this year. Leslie Kirk, Pat Godwin and Tonnia Maddox have a surprise in store for those who come, I'm not going to tell you what, you need to come see for yourself, believe me, it is something we will all want to see! If you can come to the Capitol, please wear business attire, a hat and your insignia or period dress. We need to show the Governor and the state that we are proud of our Confederate history!!
Our nine District meetings are winding down. I am leaving in the morning to head toward Mobile for the Mobile Bay District meeting which will be held Saturday. The Nathan Bedford Forrest District meeting had to be changed to May 14th. All the District meetings I have attended, I have enjoyed very much. The best part of being your Division President, is getting to come visit with members at Chapter and District meetings, we have many wonderful ladies in our Division!
Please remember that we will elect two Honorary Life Presidents at our convention in September, the guidelines can be found on the Alabama Division Webpage on the UDC Website under FORMS. Make sure you send your nominations to all members of the executive committee (Division officers), and your letter is postmarked by June 15th. Remember, you may nominate anyone who meets the qualifications, you do not have to be in the same Chapter.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please call or email me. I look forward to seeing many of you on April 23rd and/or April 25th!
Yours in UDC,
Alabama Division President