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Friday, October 23, 2009


The Post Office brings news of two upcoming events.


Wednesday's mail included a post card from the Sgt. Mac Foundation in Grandy, NC advising that organization was seeking donations to support the 4th annual National Wreath Project. My check will be headed in their direction in the next few days for the second year in a row.

For those not aware, the National Wreath Project is the inspiration of a volunteer grassroots organization begun by the parents of Sergeant Eric McColley, one of seven Marines killed in a mid-air collision between two helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, Africa on February 17, 2006. Donations for the Wreath Project are used to purchase wreaths which will be laid on the graves of veterans at the Gettysburg National Cemetery on December 4th and Quantico National Cemetery on December 5th. The organization is also looking for volunteers willing to assist in tying red ribbons to the wreaths and in laying them on the graves. The group is also hopeful they'll be able expand their efforts so as to include the Annapolis National Cemetery, where the vast majority of the 2,994 interments are those from the Civil War.

Please visit the Sgt. Mac Foundation Web site for more information.

Thursday brought notice of the Surratt Society's 2010 conference, which will be held at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, MD March 10th to 12th. "Lincoln's Assassination More Revealed," will include talks by, among others, Larry Tagg, author of the very well received "The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln," and Michael Kline, whose book, "The Baltimore Plot," takes a close look at the rumored conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln before he reached Washington for his inauguration, sandwiched between a Friday tour of Lincoln assassination hot spots in Washington and a Sunday bus journey to Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Surratt Society's membership fee of $7 a year is one of the all time great bargains and not only entitles members to a monthly newsletter, among other bennies, but a conference discount.

For more information about the conference and the Surrratt Society, which boasts a national and international membership, please visit the Society's site on the Web.

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