The men of Gen. George Blake Cosby Camp 1627, Sons of Confederate Veterans have invited members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil war to commemorate the end of the Civil War and the start of the period of national reconciliation at a joint Memorial Day event taking place at the Silveyville Cemetery in Dixon on May 30th at 10:00 a.m., the traditional date of Memorial Day.
There will be a recitation of President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address by Lincoln impersonator Roger Vincent and General Robert E. Lee's farewell speech to his men following the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.
In a spirit of reconciliation, local SCV members have requested that we have members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War join us for a joint wreath laying ceremony at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, who according to the cemetery manager is a Civil War soldier of unknown allegiance (maybe determining his identity can be a new project for Grave Registration Officers!).
Joining the commemoration are two chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and possibly the local tent of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
In addition to the wreath laying, the firing of a cannon is planned to start and end the ceremony, as well as a rifle salute, the playing of Taps, and a tour of six Confederate graves with people at each grave providing biographical information.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Allen Davis, Commander of Gen. George Blake Cosby Camp 1627, at (707) 980-5547 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.