A PROCLAMATION BY THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OF PUTNAM COUNTY, TENNESSEE
WHEREAS, Robert E. Lee revealed the highest degree of loyalty and patriotism to one's own state; and
WHEREAS, all citizens should remember the selflessness and the achievements of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson; and
WHEREAS, Woodrow Wilson said of Robert E. Lee, "This man was not great because he was born of a soldier and bred in a school of soldiers, but because of whosoever he may have been born and howsoever he was bred; he was a man who saw his duty, who conceived it in high terms and who spent himself, not upon his own ambitions, but in the duty that lay before him."
WHEREAS, Jackson served briefly in the United States Army before joining the Confederate Army to fight for his native Southland after nearly a decade of teaching philosophy and military tactics as a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington; and
WHEREAS, Lee dedicated his life after the War of Northern Aggression to reforming higher education in the South by serving as President of Washington College, now Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, greatly expanding the school's curriculum and financial resources to create an atmosphere conducive to education for young men of both Southern and Northern heritage; and
WHEREAS, Jackson's courage and leadership inspired his troops to several unlikely victories against opposition forces that greatly outnumbered his own, and despite being fatally wounded on the second day of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Jackson's "Stonewall Brigade" teamed with General Lee's troops to realize victory once again; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize Generals Lee and Jackson as two of our nation's great military strategists, as beloved leaders among their men, as pioneers in the field of higher education, and as dutiful patriots;
NOW, THEREFORE, I Kim Blaylock, Putnam County Executive, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2003 as
ROBERT E. LEE &
in Putnam County, Tennessee, and do hereby urge all our citizens to join me in recognizing the life and work of these dedicated Americans.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused
the official seal of the County of Putnam to be affixed at Cookeville
on this 6th day of December, 2002.
~ SATURDAY JANUARY 18, 2003 ~
For those of you that wish to attend the Lee-Jackson Banquet, please email Marshal Judd, Event Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (931) 537-2001, leave a message with the number that will be attending. We are again expecting the tickets to run at $ 25.00 per person. Any person that receives this newsletter is also invited to attend, just call or email Mr. Judd and advise of your attendance.
Mr. John Perry will be the Keynote Speaker. Other scheduled events will be the Initiation of Camp Officers and presentation of Awards and Certificates.
You will be advised at the December 17th Camp meeting and the January 2003 newsletter as to the location.
Reserve this date, January 18, 2003 for "SOUTHERN FELLOWSHIP".