The North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is honored to host the 28th Annual Confederate Flag Day on March 5th 2016 at the Old North Carolina State Capitol in downtown Raleigh.
This event will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm in the House of Representatives chamber located on the second floor. This historic chamber is where on May 20, 1861 the representatives of the citizens of our State unanimously revoked the act of North Carolina of entering the federal union after Lincoln’s call for troops, and then associated with the Confederate States of America.
This year our keynote speaker will be Bernhard Thuersam, Director of the Cape Fear Historical Institute of Wilmington, and a long-time and constant friend of the SCV and our initiatives. Mr. Thuersam is well known to many of our members for his lectures on history that he gives around the State, his research which he also makes available online with his websites, and his years of strong support for Southern and Confederate heritage.
Flag Day always offers a majestic and moving ceremony, complete with a Color Guard and historic North Carolina flags displayed in the House chamber. And it is always a very special day, as it is the ONLY event sponsored by the North Carolina Division at the 1840 State Capitol where our flag flies atop the Capitol building for that day.
This is one of three days each year when our flag flies including Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration in January and May on Confederate Memorial Day in State of North Carolina.
North Carolina is now the ONLY State in the United States where our flag is flown over the State Capitol.
We did not know if we would be able to secure the continuation of this tradition this year which began back when Jim Martin was governor. Thanks to the efforts of Representative Gary Pendleton who contacted Governor McCrory, the flag will fly once more . . . But compatriots, we MUST continue to show our support for this tradition. You can do that by SHOWING UP FOR CONFEDERATE FLAG DAY!
There is convenient free parking that day in a large parking lot catty-cornered across from the Capitol, and along the streets of downtown Raleigh. There is also a great Southern-cooking restaurant not too far away:
Watkins Grill, 1625 Wake Forest Road, which is operated by the wife of compatriot Ellis Selph.
The food is great and the atmosphere is excellent with the portraits of our Confederate heroes hanging on the wall. Eat your dinner there before you go to the Capitol.
Compatriots, we simply must preserve our heritage, and, in particular, the flying of our flags.
Please make plans now to attend our annual Confederate Flag Day 2016.
Dr. Boyd D. Cathey, Chairman,