SCV offering reward after flowers stolen from monument

Posted 5/31/16

April is Confederate History Month by proclamation of the Governor and The Alabama Board of Education. Each year the Major John C. Hutto Camp and the Jefferson Lovell Chapter of the UDC commemorate our Confederate American veterans by placing flowers and a Confederate flag wreath at our Confederate American Veteran's monument. The flowers and wreath memorial have been part of the local Confederate veteran commemoration for decades.

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SCV offering reward after flowers stolen from monument

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April is Confederate History Month by proclamation of the Governor and The Alabama Board of Education. Each year the Major John C. Hutto Camp and the Jefferson Lovell Chapter of the UDC commemorate our Confederate American veterans by placing flowers and a Confederate flag wreath at our Confederate American Veteran's monument. The flowers and wreath memorial have been part of the local Confederate veteran commemoration for decades.

This year (2016) someone decided the commemoration of our Confederate American veterans was too much for him/her to accept. The culturally depraved individual removed the flowers and wreath from the Confederate American Veteran's monument in an apparent fit of rage and anger to destroy the memory of our Confederate American veterans and undo decades of reconciliation between former foes both north and south.

Confederate veterans are fully recognized American veterans and deserve respect the same as all American veterans. The first president to recognize Confederate soldiers as American veterans was President William McKinley in 1901, when he recognized the patriotism of ex-confederate soldiers during the Spanish American War. President McKinley said, “Every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate civil war [sic] is a tribute to American valor… And the time has now come… when in the spirit of fraternity we should share in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers… and if it needed further justification it is found in the gallant loyalty to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in the year just passed by the sons and grandsons of those heroic dead.”

Because we consider the removal of memorial flowers from the Confederate Veteran's monument to be a hate crime, the Hutto Camp is offering a $500 reward for the first person who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who removed the flowers and Confederate flag wreath memorial decorations.

Please check the details and contact information at the Hutto Camp's web site, www.huttocamp.com.

Cmdr. James R. Blackston

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Major John C. Hutto Camp #443

Jasper, AL