Confederate Veterans Day Ceremony

 

Alvin Confederate Cemetery

Alvin, Texas

 

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America

Pledge to the Texas Flag

Salute to the confederate Flag
 

 
The Tribute of the
United Daughters of the Confederacy
to the
Men Who Wore the Gray

 

 

Read by the President:

 

Daughters: From sea to shining sea we link hearts, minds and spirits to honor faithful veterans whose resting places have been previously unknown, unmarked or neglected. May our hearts be lifted up to the Lord.

 

Invocation: (Read by Chaplain)

 

Lord God of Hosts, we have come to remember those who took up arms to defend hearth and home. May their memories be etched in stone and their glory not fade away. In death, may they find life and peace through our God who does all things well. As we remember them, let us solemnly vow this: to keep the flame of devotion burning. May their sacrifices inspire in us a true devotion to the heritage they left for us all. Through Christ, our Savior, we pray. Amen.

 

 

Read by the President:

 

 


Prayer of an unknown Confederate soldier

 

          I asked for strength that I might achieve

          I was made weak that I might learn to humbly obey

          I asked for health that I might do greater things

          I was given infirmity that I might do better things

          I asked for riches that I might be happy

          I was given poverty that I might be wise

          I asked for all things that I might enjoy life

          I was given life that I might enjoy all things

          I got nothing that I asked for

          But everything I had hoped for

          Almost, despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered           

          I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
 

 

Bible Reading – Romans 14:7

 

          For none of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord, so whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
 

 

A Tribute to Our Soldiers: “Who Will Tend Their Graves ?”

 

Who will tend their graves? Who will watch over their mortal remains? Who will make sure faithful soldiers are remembered?

 

As we would not be forgotten when we are gone, let us not forget.

 

Let us honor the sacrifices of the confederate soldiers. They walked dusty trails in the heat of the summer and muddy rutted roads when it rained. They huddled closely in their trenches and nearly froze during that terrible winter at Petersburg . Without proper food and clothing, in sickness and in health, they fought even when all seemed lost.

 

We will remember the cause for which they stood. From the red clay fields of Georgia to the hills of Virginia and North Carolina they fought for the rights of the states to govern their own affairs. From west Texas to the palmettos of South Carolina they stood for hearth and home. They fought for their rights as their forefathers did in the first American Revolution.

 

Today, we also remember the faith that sustained them. Many came from godly homes and churches. The Bible was their textbook and their prayer books were well worn.  They all fought and many died as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Let us never forget their faith.

 

          We also remember the homes from which they came. They had fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, sweethearts and wives, and little ones who never knew their daddies. Each night at suppertime the vacant chair daily reminded them how great was their loss.

 

          If those who lie mute in their graves could speak, they might say: Thank you, friends, for finding my mortal remains. Thank you for caring enough to honor my comrades and me. I see you now with hearts joined across America with prayers on your lips and each of us in your hearts. How can we thank you?

 

Placing of the Wreath
 

Join me as we place this wreath in honor of our Confederate ancestors.

 

Unison:

This wreath is a perfect circle and we place it as an act of remembrance. As this circle cannot be divided it reminds us of our hope of eternal life. May we one day be rejoined with those whom we have loved. Amen.

 

Close with Lord’s Prayer

 


 


 


 

Copyright 2007 - Present by Lamar Fontaine Chapter 33 UDC
Created March 20, 2007          Updated September 25, 2008