Reports are back from the Sons of Union Veterans dedication of a Union monument at Lexington, Missouri State Historical Site and by all accounts it was sparsely attended by the public.
According to eye-witness accounts approximately 25 individuals (including dignitaries and speakers) were there to witness the event.
Unfortunately, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton chose to speak at the event, despite being informed that the monument depicted historical inaccuracies and was funded through the republishing and sale of the book, “The Chronicles of Lexington”, which refered to Missourians as “Puke-ites”. By choosing to attend this event, Rep. Skelton has made a defacto approval of the insults. No longer content to insult his constituents, Skelton has decided to insult the entire State of Missouri.
Instead of letting this event remain a total “negative” approximately 25 Sons of Confederate Veterans members (including State Commander Jim England) were on hand, at another location of the historic site, to post a color guard at the Missouri State Guard monument and to hand out educational flyers to the public depicting the true events that occurred at The Battle of Lexington , Missouri.
In all six SCV camps from two different states were represented they are as follows:
The Colonel John T. Coffee Camp (Missouri)
The John T. Hughes Camp (Missouri)
The General Sterling Price Camp (Missouri)
The General J.O. Shelby Camp (Missouri)
The Major Utz Camp (Missouri)
The South Kansas Camp (Kansas).
SCV members arrived early and passed out educational flyers at the Visitor’s Center and other locations around the Lexington State Historic Site.
It was a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about Missouri’s TRUE history.