The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Pamlico Chapter #43, celebrated Confederate Memorial Day at the Confederate Monument, located at Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, N.C.
The ceremony commenced with UDC Pamlico Chapter President Anne Meredith welcoming all members and guests. After the welcome, President Meredith and Second Vice President, Colleen Lupton placed a beautiful wreath of flowers at the base of the large Confederate monument. A loving remembrance was given in honor of Jean Dunstun Caldwell, a Pamlico Chapter member who passed away during the past year. A single white carnation was placed into the wreath in remembrance of Mrs. Caldwell. All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and also gave the salutes to the North Carolina State Flag and the Flag of the Confederate States of America. After a prayer by Chaplain Gayle N. Roper, Guest Speaker Louis W. Martin, Jr. inspired the crowd with the story found in a local newspaper regarding a reunion of Confederate soldiers in the early 1900's at the very spot the Memorial Service was being held. Mr. Martin told of a parade, the ceremony at the cemetery, and all of that day's happenings, with all city officials present. Mr. Martin also talked about the Confederate Monument, the monument given by the Children of the Confederacy, and a cannon barrel given by the UDC in honor of Mr. Edmund Hoyt Harding, whose father, Nathaniel Harding served in the War and was instrumental in past memorial services. The Benediction was then given and all in attendance recited the Lord's Prayer.
Welcome by President Meredith
Placing of the Wreath
Remembrance of Jean Dunstun Caldwell
A Single White Carnation
Wreath at the Base of the Monument
Mr. Louis W. Martin, Jr., Author and Historian Gives His Presentation to Those in Attendance