Aiken, SC – Members of a local Sons of Confederate Veterans group celebrated their Southern heritage with pride during the unveiling and dedication of their new Confederate monument Saturday morning near Aiken.
The sounds of firing rifles and booming cannons filled the air, and a recording of “Dixie” was played.
After men dressed in gray Confederate army uniforms removed the huge Confederate battle flag that covered the memorial, women wearing long 1860s-style dresses placed wreaths at its base.
Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony, which was held at the site of the annual Battle of Aiken re-enactment off Powell Pond Road.
“This is a great day,” declared Danny Francis, commander of the Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp No. 1575. “We’ve been working toward this for 14 years. It is not something that we just started on a couple of weeks ago.”…