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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Tourists expected to flock to annual Cleburne memorial service

  • Helena will be invaded this weekend by heritage tourists coming from all over the country to be a part of the 29th annual Patrick Cleburne memorial service. Coinciding with the memorial, the Boy Scouts of America will participate in educational activities in their Blue-Gray event.
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  • Helena will be invaded this weekend by heritage tourists coming from all over the country to be a part of the 29th annual Patrick Cleburne memorial service. Coinciding with the memorial, the Boy Scouts of America will participate in educational activities in their Blue-Gray event.
    The Patrick Cleburne memorial service, hosted by the Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will begin at noon on Saturday March 15 at the Confederate section of Maple Hill Cemetery on Holly Street. Reenactors will fire their muskets and cannon in salute to Arkansas favorite general. The speaker for this year's even will be Commander Danny Honnoll, former Commander of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi (SCV).
    Honnoll will pay tribute to Cleburne with his "sword dance". Set to "Amazing Grace", Honnol will honor Confederate dead by directing his sword ceremoniously in all cardinal directions before retiring it to his scabbard. Following Honnoll's memorial ceremony, seldom a dry eye is found in the crowd, as the ritual is very stoic and spectators never forget it.
    Also on the slate for Saturday's Cleburne memorial is a keynote speech by Honnol that will outline Cleburne's personal and military history from his departure from Helena to his death in Franklin, TN in November 1864. This year's service marks the 150th anniversary of his martyrdom. Following the service, attendees are invited to Granny D's on Cherry Street for a $5 sampler plate of fish, cornbread, greens, peas, and tea.
    Patrick Cleburne's grave and the Confederate Cemetery are among the most visited sites in Helena.   

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