Placing of the Wreath at Confederate Memorial Cemetery – SCV Division Commander Gary Carlyle, CofC Vice President Haileigh Himes, UDC Division Corresponding Secretary Glendora James, CofC 2VP Molly Griffin, CofC Recording Secretary Hannah Appleton, CofC member Evan Gillespie, CofC President John Appleton, CofC Director/UDC 3VP Tammie Evans, UDC Division President Linda Edwards, and UDC Recording Secretary Brandi Evans.
Fifty members of the CofC, UDC, SCV, and guests shared in the CofC’s annual Christmas in the South program at Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek on December 6, 2014. After Cradle of the Confederacy Camp 692 of the SCV posted the colors, CofC Chaplain Bailey Griffin led the invocation. Salutes were led by CofC members Molly Griffin, Evan Gillespie, Hannah Appleton, and Haileigh Himes; UDC Vice President Linda Haynes led the assembly in the songs. CofC President John Appleton welcomed all, and greetings were brought from the UDC by Division President Linda Edwards and from the SCV by Division Commander Gary Carlyle. After the introductions of UDC life president, ex Division presidents, UDC officers, CofC Chapter directors, and past CofC directors, there was a roll call of CofC Chapters.
Santa Claus presents traditional gifts to the children.
The Christmas program began with CofC 2VP Molly Griffin reading “Angels Among Us” and the assembly placing ornaments on the Christmas tree. Next, the children presented a group reading of General Lee and Santa Claus with Gary Carlyle playing the role of General Lee. Everyone was surprised with a visit from Santa Claus himself. The assembly then joined in with the singing of Silent Night, Away in a Manger, and Christmas in Dixie. Bailey Griffin closed the program with a benediction, and everyone joined hands for Blest Be the Tie that Binds. After the placing of the wreath at the cemetery, everyone enjoyed food and fellowship.
Cradle of the Confederacy Camp 692 of the SCV participated in the annual event.