Confederate Memorial Day service, April 30th! Portland, OR.

Greetings Compatriots and Friends,

  SCV Camp 458 will be having its Confederate Memorial Day service on Saturday, April 30th.  We will be starting meeting at 3pm in front of the Office at River View Cemetery in SW Portland. Once everyone has arrived, we’ll will start off our walking/driving tour. We will be visiting the Gravesides of two Confederates at Greenwood Hills Cemetery, and eight at River View. Our last Grave will be our Camp’s namesake, Col. Isaac W. Smith.

  We are compiling information and tracking down pictures of the Veterans we will be visiting.

  After our Cemetery service, we will convoy to DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant for Dinner. We have the banquet room reserved from 6pm to close. We will have special presentations and a candle lighting service, along with a great meal and fellowship!

  Please invite friends and family to attend. SCV Camp 458 will be providing the Flags for the Veterans. We will be praying that the weather is good that day.
Schedule for Confederate Memorial Day, April 30th:
 
3:00pm: Meet at parking lot at River View Cemetery (0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219)
 
3:20pm: Start our Graveside Tour
 
5:00pm: Presentation at Col. Isaac W. Smith’s Grave
 
5:30pm: Head to Restaurant
 
6:00pm: DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant (3520 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202)
 
8:00pm: Finished
  I look forward to seeing all of you there!
Thank You,
Erik Ernst
Commander
SCV Pacific NW Division

Confederate Flag Day Rallies PNW Division

SCV Pacific NW Division had two different Rallies on March 5th, 2016.

SCV Camp 458 owned Jefferson Davis Park, in Ridgefield, Washington, was one of the sites chosen for March 5th’s Confederate Flag Day Rallies. Members from SCV Camp 458 SCV Camp 2178, plus several guests, all participated in the Flag Rally. We received overwhelming support from passers by and made our presence known.

We had local news channel KPTV 12 show up towards the end of the rally. There were only a few of us left at that point, but I did an interview with the reporter.

We will be having more Rallies at the park throughout the coming year. If you would like to participate, please send us a message.IMG_1929

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The newly formed Camp 2273 of Eugene, Oregon, held their rally in the heart of downt0wn Eugene. There was a very large organized counter protest against the Confederate Flag Day rally. The Eugene Camp originally let everyone know it was going to be at noon, but decided to throw off the protestors by doing it from 9am til 11am. The protestors were just starting to arrive when the Camp was just getting ready to wrap things up.

The protestors were really thrown off by this and the Eugene SCV boys became local legends. There were people saying they saw them in numerous different locations, and came up with wild stories to tell about them. I have nicknamed Camp 2273 the Special Forces Camp. Great job brothers!

 

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Eugene Oregon Confederate Flag Day Rally.

Eugene, Oregon is known for politically correct hippies, but did you know the Eugene had voted to succeed from the Union during the Civil War? For our National Confederate Day rally, the Long Tommers replanted the battle flag for the first time in here in over 150 years. SCV Camp 2273 rallied at the Federal building area, while counter protesters, to include Civil Alliance of Lane County, Black Lives Matter and Cascadia Anonymous held their event a few blocks away at the “Free Speech Plaza”.  Our rally concluded without any major incidents and the majority of all vehicle and foot traffic supported our cause with many hand waves and thumbs up. A few of the notable people we met that day included an eccentric self-proclaimed “monk” and “undercover” liberals.  KVAL news gave refreshingly objective interview with our camp and gave us fair coverage in the media.  Our camp had just recently received its chapter designation and our first rally was a complete success. If you can display Southern heritage in Eugene, you can do it anywhere.

Chuck Ellis,

Commander

SCV Camp 2273

Eugene, OR.

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Confederate Flag Day Rally at Jefferson Davis Park! March 5th, 2016.

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Welcome our newest Camp, SCV Rev. Philip Mulkey Camp 2273 of Eugene, OR.!

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division is proud to announce the newest Camp to join our great organization! Eugene Oregon is now home to the Rev. Philip Mulkey SCV Camp 2273! Congratulation to our Eugene Oregon Brothers!

Since the creation of the Pacific NW Division in 2013, we have added two new Camps. Now our sights are set on establishing a new Camp in western Washington.

-SCV Pacific NW Division Commander Ernst

Black Lives Matter, Sons of Confederate Veterans agree in criticism of renaming effort

A Washington highway once named after a controversial Civil War leader may soon get a new name.

And two groups that don’t agree on much are criticizing the effort.

The highway once ran from Vancouver to the Canadian border.

In 1939, it was named after Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, a man state Rep. Hans Dunshee of Snohomish said Washington should not be honoring.

“He symbolizes the institutional slavery and economic system that was built on slavery and all the horrors of slavery that the Civil War was fought about,” said Dunshee.

The highway, State Route 99, no longer has an official name and it’s now much smaller, running only from Fife to Everett in the Seattle area.

But that hasn’t stopped Dunshee from repeatedly trying to name it after African-American Civil War veteran and former Snohomish resident, William P. Stewart.

“The first attempt in 2002 didn’t work,” said Dunshee, a Democrat. “It didn’t pass in the Senate back then. The Senate was controlled by people who had Southern sympathies.”

But this week another bill co-sponsored by Dunshee to rename the highway was unanimously approved by the state House.

“A lot of it isn’t state route anymore but the stain is still there and we need to remove that stain,” said Dunshee.

“I think that it’s a nice gesture,” said Cecelia Towner, organizer of Black Lives Matter in Vancouver.

But she told KATU she’s skeptical of the renaming effort.

“I don’t think that it helps black people,” Towner said, “and I like things that do and I don’t think that it really helps veterans.”

Towner said she’d rather see lawmakers focus on things like House Bill 2907, a measure that would put tougher restrictions on police officers’ use of deadly force.

“I think that’s more important. If they’re going to focus on how to have a gesture, it should be something that isn’t just changing street signs,” said Towner.

Erik Ernst, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific Northwest Division, emailed KATU about the renaming bill, saying Davis was “a great man, who was a West Point graduate, U.S. Army lieutenant in the Mexican War, United States Secretary of War, United States senator and president of the Confederate States of America.”

But Ernst also wrote, “We do not support the renaming of Highway 99, but would rather see Mr. Stewart better honored by having a more prominent highway named after him, such as Interstate 5 or U.S. Highway 101 … We feel it is dishonoring to William P. Stewart to name a decommissioned highway after him.”

“I’m really excited to hear that and I think they’re right,” Towner said. “I think we have common ground.”

House Bill 2907 never got out of committee.

But the state House did pass another bill Tuesday to create a task force on policies regarding deadly use of force by police.

“There is nothing that indicates that the perspectives of the task force will result in change,” said Towner.

The highway renaming bill is expected to be voted on soon in the state Senate.

The last two remaining markers of Jefferson Davis Highway in Washington are now on display in Jefferson Davis Park, a private piece of land in Ridgefield owned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

“The Jefferson Davis Park board and the Sons of Confederate Veterans do not tolerate any form racist activity or intolerance,” Ernst wrote.

Renaming of decommissioned Hwy 99.

HB 4010 in Washington State would rename Highway 99 after African American US Veteran William P. Stewart.
We do not support the renaming of highway 99, but would rather see Mr. Stewart better honored by having a more prominent highway named after him, such as Interstate 5 or US Hwy 101. US Highway 99 in Washington State, was decommissioned in 1968 and replaced by Interstate 5. There are only a few short sections of highway left that are named Hwy 99. We feel it is dishonoring to William P. Stewart, to name a decommissioned highway after him. His descendants and the African American community deserves better than this.

Thank You,
Erik Ernst
Commander
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Pacific NW Division
scvoregon@gmail.com