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Confederate Memorial Day ceremony moves
Event at south Forsyth church
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Confederate Memorial Day Commemoration

• When: 3 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Shady Grove Baptist Church, 1029 Boyd Road, Suwanee (south Forsyth)

• Cost: Free

The public is invited to honor soldiers who served during the Civil War during an event this weekend.

Members of the Col. Hiram Parks Bell United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 2641 will present their annual Confederate Memorial Day Commemoration at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Members decided this year to change the location of the event to Shady Grove Baptist Church, 1029 Boyd Road in south Forsyth. In years past it had been held at Zion Hill Baptist Church in north Forsyth.

Held in conjunction with Hiram Park Bell Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1642, the ceremony will feature Phillip Whiteman, who will portray Col. Lovick P. Thomas of the 42nd Georgia Infantry.

Thomas was a well-known Civil War colonel who grew up in Gwinnett County and later made his home in Atlanta.

In February, a collection of nearly 100 personal papers of Thomas were placed in the Bell Research Center inside the historic Cumming schoolhouse.

Also during Sunday’s ceremony will be an “iron cross dedication” to Private Sam Street, as well as music and a rose ceremony and 21-gun salute to honor fallen Civil War soldiers.  

The event, for which many participants dress in Civil War-era clothing, is free and open to the public.