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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Confederate monument ceremony Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery

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  • The Oklahoma Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will have a monument dedication at noon Saturday in the Confederate section of Rose Hill Cemetery in honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
    The monument honors 190 Confederate veterans buried in Rose Hill Cemetery. The event will be at the north end.
    Ardmore was the site of the Confederate home in Oklahoma, and many of those residents are buried in this section of the cemetery. Oklahoma was one of the few states that allowed spouses to stay with their husbands, and many of them are buried in the section as well.
    Guest speaker for the occasion will be Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The society has recognized this occasion as an official Sesquicentennial event.
    The Oklahoma Division has 21 camps across the state, and more than 300 members. A tent, chairs, bottled water and portable facilities will be furnished, and attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably to deal with the heat.
    There will be a special part of the event to honor the five tribes and their contributions to the Confederacy.
    This is a free public event.
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