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Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 SC SCV Reunion In Rock Hill, SC

On Saturday, March 18th, the South Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, attended their annual State Convention at the Baxter Hood Center on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, hosted by my good friends at the Brigadier General Micah Jenkins Camp #1569. 

As a member of the SC Division SCV and given that the event took place only about 20 miles from my home this year, I looked forward to attending this year's convention -- my fifth official State Convention as a nearly 15 year member (to date) of the SCV -- and especially looked forward to not having to drive across half the State of South Carolina to attend. 

The following are photos taken by this blogger at the event. 

The outstanding reunion medal for the convention along
with my credentials. The medal itself is modeled after a
United Confederate Veterans Reunion medal used when
Rock Hill hosted Confederate Veterans in 1916,
a hundred years before.
United Confederate Veterans Reunion.
Downtown Rock Hill, SC May 1916.
(Image courtesy York County Historical Society)
US and Confederate flags hanging on buildings in downtown
Rock Hill, SC. UCV Reunion. May 1916.

(Image courtesy York County Historical Society)
My jacket and SCV membership pins and Guardian medal.

A group of vendors were set up in another room past the meeting hall. These included other camps selling items fundraising for several important projects like cemetery cleanup equipment, new markers and flags for graves and memorial services, and a number of personal items of interest for the attendees to purchase. 

One table included the H.L Hunley JROTC Award medal given annually, along with certificate. Also included were representatives from the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia showing off several historical items. 

In the main hall of the Baxter Hood Center, the individual camp colors of the SC Division are set up, along with some scrapbooks detailing some camp activities, including: cemetery clean-ups, grave marker placements and dedications, school presentations, Confederate Heritage Youth Days, ect. Refreshments were served in the hall. 

The Brigadier General Micah Jenkins
Camp #1569 SCV Colors -- the host camp for
the 2017 SC SCV Convention.
Mr. Bucky Sutton, Commander of the Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins
Camp #1459 SCV opens the convention.
Miss Renee Bell Gallien, representing the SC Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy (SC UDC).
Mrs. Lisa Graham, representing the South Carolina
Order of the Confederate Rose (SC OCR).
Miss Wendy Evans Tucker, President, South Carolina Division
Children of the Confederacy (SC COC).
SC Representative Tommy Pope of York County.
Mr. Ronnie Roach, Army of Northern Virginia Commander SCV.
The ANV covers the SCV Divisions from the States of
South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia
and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Leland Summers, South Carolina Division Commander.
Albert Jackson SC Division Ordinance Of Secession
Signers Monument Chairman updating everyone on the
progress of the project.

One of the highlights of the convention was pinning of the newest member of the SC SCV, Mr. Charlie W. Long, who is actually a Real Grandson of a Confederate veteran. Mr. Long was presented with his membership certificate, SCV membership pin, and Real Grandson medal.

Seated with cane in hand is Mr. Charlie W. Long,
Real Grandson of a Confederate soldier, with his family.
Mr. Randy Burbage, Secession Camp #4 Charleston,
presenting Mr. Long with his Real Grandson Medal.
Commander Summers presents Mr. Long with his membership
certificate while the 16th SC Color Guard offers a salute.
Real Grandson Medal.

Lunch is served along with music. 

Finally the business meetings, Brigade Commander elections, and the awards presentations.

The pinning and swearing in of newly elected SC SCV Brigade Commanders.

The SC SCV Convention concludes with a singing of "Dixie" and retiring of the colors by the 16th SC Honor Guard. After this the convention is concluded and the camp colors furled. Most of us say our goodbyes, at least until the upcoming Confederate Memorial Day services in Columbia.

Well my friends and fellow travelers, I hope y'all enjoyed my presentation and learned something about SCV conventions. I am proud to be a member of the SCV, and the work they do preserving graves, monuments, flags, and other pieces of Southern-Confederate historical heritage; as well as supporting the moral defense of modern displays of that same heritage and promoting their positive use in today's society. 

Until next time have a wonderful Dixie day, and y'all come back now, ya hear?

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