Our June meeting was another great one with A.J. DuPree, Jr
. as speaker. His topic, with PowerPoint presentation, was entitled “The Burial in Confederate Rest of the Crewman’s Remains Recovered from the CSS Alabama,
” which was commanded by Admiral Raphael Semmes
. Mr. DuPree shared excerpts from a video tape that documented the crewman’s burial, which featured full military honors of that time period. He led us through the funeral ceremony, beginning in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in downtown Mobile and ending in Confederate Rest of historic Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. DuPree explained each of the major parts of the service. The crewman’s remains were buried in a small wooden coffin, typical of that time, near the burial site of the magnificent statue of Admiral Raphael Semmes.
The MGS Governing Board welcomes Ellen Carter, Ph.D. as our new Director in place of Lucy Smith, who had to resign in April. Ellen also volunteered to fill the vacancy of Cemetery Chairperson. She is a relatively new member and without hesitation asked how she could help and in what capacities. This is the spirit of cooperative efforts. Thank you, Ellen.
On the Fourth of July, our country will celebrate 236 years of independence, gained from Great Britain in 1776. As we celebrate with all the festivities, let’s remember all those brave men and women, our ancestors, who fought and died for the freedoms that we enjoy so much today. Additionally, we need to be thankful and prayerful for all the service men and women who continually protect our nation.