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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Historical society sets Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Franklin County Historical Society has planned its Memorial Day events beginning with the annual ceremony on Saturday, May 17 on the Franklin County Courthouse lawn.

Capt. Ray Pickett of the Franklin County Sharpshooters unit, based in New York, will be guest speaker for the 10 a.m. program.

The annual event recognizes Franklin County casualties of all wars with emphasis on the War Between the States, as this conflict touched virtually every household in the county.

The program will include men and women in 1770s and 1860s period dress and Franklin County High School Air Force JROTC cadets.

Wreaths will be presented to recognize those who lost life and limb in the American Revolution, Civil War and more modern conflicts. A rifle salute will be fired in honor of the lost and maimed.

Immediately following the program, soldiers will march to the history museum, where the public is invited to a dedication of the reconstructed Confederate Monument on the museum porch at approximately 11 a.m. The statue, originally dedicated on the courthouse green in December 1910, was struck by a pickup truck in 2007.

After a replacement statue was erected at the courthouse, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors gave the old statue to the historical society.

The old statue has been repaired, purposefully still displaying its "battle scars," and will be formally rededicated as a reconstructed monument to local southern soldiers in a short ceremony led by members of Jubal Early Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. The women will use the red striped veil from the Aug. 7, 2010, dedication of the new statue now standing at the courthouse.

The weekend's events will end with activities at the history museum on South Main Street.

Pickett and other members of the 57th VA Infantry Co. B, Longstreet's Corps CSA re-enactment group will present a living history encampment at the history museum Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Visitors are invited to stop at the camp and speak with individual members of the 57th VA Infantry unit. The group was formed in 1987 to honor their ancestors, many of whom were members of the original company.

A number of local people have ancestors who were members of the 57th Infantry Co. B, Army of Northern Virginia. This group was mustered at the old Young's Store near Waidsboro.

The weekend's events are free. The history museum will be open both Saturday afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the historical society at (540) 483-1890.

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