Memorial service held for Confederate soldiers
A memorial service was held May 10 at the Confederate cemetery in Kittrell to honor the 53 Confederate soldiers buried there.
Stanley Bennett was the speaker for the event.
Joey Dickerson, commander of the John T. Bullock Camp, gave the welcome, and Mark Pace gave the history of the cemetery and nearby hospital.
During the service, Mike Armistead, of the 13th Mechanized Cavalry Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 9 out of southeastern Virginia, placed an Iron Cross at the grave of the only Confederate soldier from Virginia buried in the cemetery.
Velvet Woodlief, of the Bowling-Wood chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and George Kearney, of the Bullock SCV Camp, placed a wreath at the flagpole during the service.
A gun salute was given by the Bullock Camp Honor Guard.
Before ending the service, Dickerson presented Mildred Goss with a Rebecca Jones Alford Bonnie Blue Award from the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for her research regarding the Confederate Monument. Dickerson also thanked the Zeb Vance Ruritan Club and the John T. Bullock SCV Camp 2205 for their work in keeping the Confederate portion of the cemetery, as well as some private family plots, mowed and cleaned.
First National Confederate flags adorned the graves of each soldier, and at the conclusion of the service, attendees placed red carnations on every grave.
Approximately 75 people attended the event.