49th Annual Massing of the Flags

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Members of the Chapter traveled to Richmond to attend the 49th Annual Massing of the Flags at the UDC Memorial Building on June 6, 2015.  Division President Linda Edwards presented the Alabama State Flag.  The next day, the group attended the 101st Annual Memorial Service at Arlington’s Jackson Circle and participated in the decoration of graves.  They also took time in the weekend to visit the White House of the Confederacy, Hollywood Cemetery, and Monument Avenue in Richmond and various sites at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.  It was a weekend of history and patriotism.

Arlington

Representing the Alabama Division at the events were Division President Linda Edwards, Ex Division President Ann King, Joe Wheeler 291 member Debbie Miranda, Third Division President & TRT 2471 Registrar/Treasurer Tammie Evans, and Division Recording Secretary & TRT 2471 Chapter President Brandi Evans. (All pictured above with President General Pam Trammell.)

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Ancestor’s Grave Marked by Members

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Local Students Receive Jefferson Davis Historical Silver Medals

Four students from Straughn Elementary School each received the Jefferson Davis Historical Silver Medal from Division Third Vice President Tammie Evans who presented them on behalf of the Division. These students were sponsored in the Division essay contest by the Andalusia Chapter, Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471. Pictured with their families are honorees Lana Jordan, Riley Brooks, Sara Grace Dye, and Austin Harris. More than 50 UDC, SCV, and guests were in attendance for the special event, which was part of the annual Lee/Jackson Banquet held January 20, 2015, at Andalusia Public Library.

Four students from Straughn Elementary School each received the Jefferson Davis Historical Silver Medal from Division Third Vice President Tammie Evans who presented them on behalf of the Division. These students were sponsored in the Division essay contest by the Andalusia Chapter, Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471. Pictured with their families are honorees Lana Jordan, Riley Brooks, Sara Grace Dye, and Austin Harris. More than 50 UDC, SCV, and guests were in attendance for the special event, which was part of the annual Lee/Jackson Banquet held January 20, 2015, at Andalusia Public Library.

 

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Tammie Evans Earns JPB Award

TLE-BAO BWAndalusia Chapter members and Straughn Elementary School Principal Bettye Anne Older recommended Mrs. Evans for her work with the students at the school, and she was awarded with a JPB Award. She taught WBTS history to students in the Extended Day Program, sponsored a trip to the Capitol and First White House of the Confederacy for students, and has worked with all 4th graders each year in tracing their lineage.  In her recommendation Principal Older proclaimed, “Ms. Evans is indeed creating an awareness of heritage, patriotism, and citizenship.” She elaborated: “Ms. Evans is single-handedly responsible for making Alabama history come alive again at our school. Through her innovative approaches and comprehensive knowledge of history, Ms. Evans has engaged students, during and after school, in experiencing history. […] A highlight of the school year for students is the researching and discovery of family history through Ancestry.com, provided personally by Ms. Evans.”

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Local Students Win Division Contests

SES WinnersStudents at Straughn Elementary School participated in the Division Coloring Contest and Essay Competition, and five won awards and cash prizes.  Pictured above are (left to right) Keltsey Griffin, third place coloring contest winner; Riley Brooks, best essay written by a 4th grade student on “The Last Battle of Fort Blakeley”; Austin Harris, best essay written by a 4th grade student on “General William Wirt Allen”; Sara Grace Dye, best essay written by a 4th grade student on “General Edmond Winchester Rucker”; and Lana Jordan, best essay written by a 4th grade student on “Admiral Raphael Semmes.”
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Korean War Veteran Receives Military Service Award

photo 1On Saturday, June 14, 2014, Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471 of Andalusia presented a Cross of Military Service Award to Mr. Verlyn Garrett. Garrett was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and is the great grandson of Private John Jack Garrett who served the CSA in Co. C, 22nd Infantry, Alabama.photo 2 The bestowal was conducted by Chapter members Tammie and Brandi Evans and was witnessed by more than 75 family members who gathered at Blue Lake State Park. Also in attendance was Chapter Recorder of Military Service Awards Eleanor Williamson, who is Garrett’s sister. Pictured above are (front row) Verlyn Garrett, his wife Rudine, his sister Geraldine Kelley, (back row) his daughter Debbie Gray, his son Randy, and his sisters Eleanor Williamson and Rebecca Davis. The Chapter has also previously conducted a grave marking ceremony for Pvt. John Jack Garrett, who is buried outside of Andalusia in the Jordan Cemetery.

 

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Chapter Participates in Andalusia’s Independence Day Parade

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