News for SCV members
As I write this, the words of Thomas Paine come to my mind. “THESE are the times that try men’s souls”. I am certain what we as individuals, our families and the organization have experienced in the past week, and continue to experience, is very trying indeed.
We, as an organization, have been through many difficult times since 1896; but, nothing like the anti-Confederate mass hysteria we have endured since last week. It seems as though the entire world has gone crazy and many people have decided to take out their anger against anything Confederate.
Since this event was brought to our door, members of the GEC along with many other members of the SCV, have been literally working around the clock in order to attempt to combat the rush to judgment that has been thrust upon us.
As Commander-in-Chief and with the recommendation from the GEC, I am asking all compatriots to cease and desist conducting any interviews from Thursday until Saturday out of respect for the funerals of the nine church members which will occur Friday. If you have any interviews planned, especially Friday, please have them rescheduled. If anyone is calling for interviews, nicely tell them there will be no interviews until Saturday and explain why. I ask you to pass this information on to your Camps and other compatriots as soon as possible since not everyone receives this communication.
Given the increased vandalism that is now happening at our Confederate Monuments and other Confederate theme sites, I am asking every camp to contact their local law enforcement agency to request that they increase patrols around our monuments. I also ask you to report to GHQ any and all attacks that have occurred and also any threats that have been made.
I would like to leave you with some words that our Executive Director Mike Landree sent me the other day to which we can all relate:
“Great men rise to the occasion and history is made through great struggles against great odds. The character of a man is not shown when everything is going well, but rather when the world is against him and he is crushed to the Earth. Whatever we have going in our lives, it must be pushed aside until these actions are behind us. We will never get these opportunities again when the world stage is on us. They are telling lies about us and we must fight them – we must weather this storm.
It will end eventually and we will lose many of these battles, but every victory they get must be at such a cost that they are less likely to carry them on.”
Remember what great men we represent!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans