The service began with the presentation of the flags and the pledges. The church presented certificates of appreciation to the men of the church for their service in the U.S. armed forces and Anita Green sang “God Save the South.”
The UDC Military Service Awards are an outgrowth of the Southern Cross of Honor bestowed on Confederate Veterans by the United Daughters of the Confederacy starting in 1900.
The awards of today have been established as a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of certain Confederate Veterans and their descendants.
They may be bestowed on lineal descendants of the Confederate Veterans who have served honorably in War or Conflict.
The awards are as follows: Crosses of Military Service for World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Global War on Terror; the National Defense Medal; and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal.
Three National Defense awards were presented to men who have served during a war or conflict. The men honored were Lonnie Eugene Harrison, who served during the Korean War and whose Confederate ancestor was David Moore; William C. Rutledge, who served during the Korean War and whose Confederate ancestor was Reuben Langley; and Eddie Lavoy Scoggins, who served during the Vietnam Conflict and whose Confederate ancestor was Berry Beasley.
There were three Crosses of Military Service presented as well. These awards went to men who have served during the time of war or conflict, placed in harms way.
The first award went to Bobby Lee Rymer, who served in the Vietnam Conflict and received the following commendations: the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Service Award and the Vietnam Conflict Medal. His Confederate ancestor was David Rymer.
The second Cross of Military Service went to 98-year-old Leslie N. Stepp, who served in WWII and was at the Guadalcanal campaign. His Confederate ancestor was Archibald McCay of McCaysville, Ga.
The third recognition was a posthumous award to Hyman C. Green who served in WWI. His Confederate ancestor was Moses A. Green. His certificate and medal was received by his grandson, the Rev. Guinn Green.
The church was full of family and friends honoring these Veterans for their service. The Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy plans to present many more of these medals to the great men of this area.
Marilyn Kinne and Anita Green planned and implemented the service. The next UDC meeting is a tea on June 28.