The Permian Basin Chapter 2589 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met April 21. Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated during the month of April. The chapter usually meets at the cemetery to put flags on the graves of Confederate soldiers; however, this year the meeting was changed to indoors due to extremely windy weather. President Eleanor Edmondson called the meeting to order and led the opening ritual prayer. Members recited the pledges to the flags and the Lord’s Prayer. Nathaniel Green Buchanan of the Co. B, TX 30th Cavalry Regt. was honored this year with a brief history of his family’s genealogy.
The SCV members of Camp #1441 Midland/Odessa were represented by Doyle Swartz and Floyd Rountree, who placed flags in stands when First Vice President Helen Slusher read the name and unit for each Confederate soldier buried in the Odessa Cemetery. Rountree explained requirements for placing CSA plates on the graves of soldiers who already had headstones and also related that Union soldiers had rounded headstones while Confederate soldiers had headstones shaped like a roof.
Johnny Reb closed the meeting with “Dixie” on his banjo.