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* All reports or submissions should contain the following information : "Who", "What", "When" and "Where

* Pictures,  maximun 15 pics per report, If circumstances allow (WEBSPACE) will be expandable.

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 appearing in the photo whenever possible.

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CRACKER is published monthly, the last Friday of each mont, rain or shine, don't wait until the last minute to send us the report,

 check out deadline.  I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation for their contributions to the Cracker.

Editor's note : I send the Cracker to John one week before it is put on the website so my deadline is the next to last

weekend of the month.

 

Christmas is here again and I am so thankful for ya’ll as the New Year approaches. I have been worried about the elections

 and the socialist candidates, the fires, the weekly mass murders, seem like we are heading toward the Biblical end time.

Christmas is here and I am hoping to get a new bike, just not sure which one of ya is giving it to me.

I pray ya’ll are safe and have a very MERRY CHRISTAMS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

 I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation for their contributions to the Cracker.

Keep the flag flying and support the SCV and the Mechanized Cavalry.

Enjoy another issue of the “Florida Cracker,” see ya’ll next month.

Thanks. God Bless ya’ll, love ya my brothers and sisters.

Editor’s Note: Many of you submit your photos to John directly, I keep an archive of the Cracker so please copy

 me with your pics and articles, as what goes in the Digital Copy is not saved and we lose many good articles

that way, I also ask that you try to identify the event and names as best you can.

 Many times I see pictures of say, Ga. boys and I have no clue who they are or why unless they stand in front of a sign

which ID’s the event. This newsletter is read by Cav members and SCV IHQ, and also non SCV members, s

o the more info the better, everyone likes to see their photo and name in print.

  ARKANSAS

Reported by Sgt. Major Duste Craig

Cracker December
1st Battalion, Company J
Arkansas SCV Mechanized Cavalry

Greetings and Salutations from the Great State of Arkansas.

As usual, November has been a busy month for Company J across the State.

On November 3rd, 2018 members of 1-J from across the State converged at Gobbler Cemetery in Carroll County, AR

for a truly historic Southern Cross of Honor Dedication Ceremony. This was the first time the the Arkansas and

Missouri Divisions of the SCV held a coordinated event to Honor our Confederate Heroes,

and they did so in a big way. At least a dozen SCV Camps from Arkansas and Missouri participated in the dedication

of 14 Southern Crosses on this eventful day, as well as 20 members of 1st Btn., Co. J and at least 20 members

 of another Confederate Heritage group, The Brotherhood of the Southern Cross, who operate in NW Arkansas.

 After staging in Springdale, AR that morning, 15 bikes and half a dozen vehicles headed east to meet the men

and women of the BSC on another 10 bikes to proceed to the cemetery. We were quite the impressive

sight rolling in to the ceremony, rolling thunder in honor of our heroes and our Heritage.


The ceremony was marked with speeches by SCV dignitaries, a poem read by a family member of one of the

honorees from the UDC, descriptions of the men who were being honored that day,

a rifle salute by a period dressed color guard and a final cannon salute.

After the ceremony, our Captain, Roy Bowers and myself had the honor of swearing in the two newest

 members of 1st Btn., Co. J, Porky Young and Tommy Sanders, into our esteemed Brotherhood.


Afterward the Company headed over to Huntsville, AR for lunch and fellowship before everyone

headed back to their homes across the state. Truly an outstanding day in every respect.

The following weekend was full of events celebrating Veterans Day. On Saturday, November 10th members in southern

Arkansas represented 1-J in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Texarkana, AR while members in NW Arkansas

did the same in the annual Run for the Veterans sponsored by Pig Trail H-D.

On Sunday, November 11th members of 1-J NW, in conjunction with the James Henderson Berry SCV Camp 468 in

Bentonville held the 4th Annual Veterans Day Cemetery Flagging Run. In years past we flagged the Bentonville Cemetery

with nearly 100 Confederate veterans, but expanded the event to include the Historic Evergreen Cemetery located in

Fayetteville, AR, within sight of the University of Arkansas. This cemetery contains the final resting places of another 83

Confederate veterans. Turnout was excellent, as always, with the ladies of the OCR doing a great job as always and we

were helped considerably by the efforts of the Memorial Association who mapped all the graves in Evergreen Cemetery to aid us in honoring these heroes.

At the time of writing we are finalizing plans to participate in the Springdale Christmas Parade as well as several Toy Runs upcoming.

Another great month of Living the Charge with our Mech Cav and OCR family!

Till next time.....
With my compliments.

++

It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of 1st Btn., Company J member Joshua Cain Leeson, SCVMC #1957,

 who succumbed to his battle with cancer on 16 November 2018.

Rest now under the shade of the trees Brother

Our departed Brother, Joshua Cain Leeson, SCVMC #1957.
May you Ride with Forrest forever.
MCFFMC

Gathering the Troops in preparation for the SCOH DEDICATION Ceremony at Gobbler Cemetery, 11/3/18

Trooper Bryce, Corporal Breezy and Trooper Duke getting ready to ride for our Ancestors.

Corporal Popcorn and Trooper Fuse getting ready to Ride for our Ancestors, SCOH Dedication 11/3/18

Trooper Bubba and Stephanie getting ready to head out.
SCOH Dedication Ride 11/3/18

Rolling for the Honor of our Ancestors
MCFFMC

Color Guard
SCOH DEDICATION 11/3/18

Just a part of the crowd at the SCOH Dedication Ceremony
11/3/18

Captain Roy Bowers administers the Oath of Membership to the two newest members of 1st Battalion, Company J, AR-SCVMC
L-R
Trooper Travis "Porky" Young and Trooper Tommy Sanders.

Congratulations from the Captain!
MCFFMC

1st Battalion, Company J
AR-SCVMC
Gobbler Cemetery
SCOH Dedication Ceremony
Standing L-R


Trooper Fuse, Recruit Dennis, 2nd Lt Sparky, Trooper Bubba, Corporal Popcorn, Trooper Porky, Trooper Bubba Phipps,

Trooper Taz, Adjutant Everett, Trooper Tommy Sanders, Trooper Beans, Trooper Chris Leeson

Kneeling L-R

Trooper Eddie Schubach, Captain Roy Bowers, Sgt. Major Duste, Corporal JT, Corporal Breezy, Trooper Bryce, Trooper Duke.

The beautiful ladies of the Order of the Confederate Rose and Brotherhood of the Southern Cross.
We couldn't do what we do without y'all!
Love and Respect to our Southern Belles!

Lt. Ronnie Dancer at the Texarkana Veterans Day Parade
11/10/2018

The Men of 1st Battalion, Company J and the Brotherhood of the Southern Cross.
SCOH Dedication Ceremony
Gobbler Cemetery
11/3/2018

1st Battalion, Company J-NW at the Veterans Day Parade Ride
11/10/18
L-R
Trooper Bryce, Trooper Ivan, Trooper Porky, Sgt. Major Duste, Recruit Dennis

Trooper Bryce and his daughter at Evergreen Cemetery.
4th Annual Veterans Day Cemetery Flagging Run
11/11/18