By Ashley Rader
Although a local organization was denied the opportunity to install a Confederate memorial at the base of Elizabethton’s historic Veterans Monument, the Sons of Confederate Veterans still plan to hold a ceremony this weekend.
On Sept. 17, the Elizabethton Historic Zoning Commission denied the SCV’s request to install a monument within the circle at South Main Street and East Elk Avenue. The Confederate monument would have been placed at the base of the 60-foot, nearly 100-year-old Veterans Monument.
In 2010, a SCV representative appeared before the full Carter County Commission. He proposed to the commission the placement of a monument honoring Confederate veterans of the Civil War in Carter County. The SCV representative said the organization would maintain the monument.
The county commission approved the placement, but the city’s historic zoning commission denied the request.
The SCV had planned to unveil the monument on Saturday. A press release states the SCV will hold a ceremony on Saturday to honor Confederate veterans, even though they will not be unveiling a monument.
The Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp No. 2083 of Elizabethton will hold the ceremony. The service will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. There is no charge and the public is invited. Canopies will be provided in case of rain, and attendees are asked to bring folding chairs for seating.
The event will feature the Tennessee Division Color Guard of the SCV, under the command of Bryan Green, Aide-de-Camp to the Tennessee Division; and Company B, 19th Tennessee Infantry Regiment as the Honor Guard, under the command of brevet Captain Ric Dulaney. Period music will be presented by Can-Joe John. Featured speakers will be Elizabethton City Manager Fred Edens, who is also a member of the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp No. 1817 of Blountville, and Ed Butler, a past commander of the Tennessee Division, SCV, who will present, “The Greatest Fighting Force Ever Assembled.”
A special remembrance ceremony for Lt. Robert J. Tipton will be held at Green Hill Cemetery immediately after.
For more information, call Jeffrey Craft at 957-2300, Rick Morrell at 845-0765, or Bill Hicks at 542-6782.