First, let me say what an honor it is to serve you and Virginia as your Division Commander over the next two years. I am truly humbled by the vote of confidence you have placed in me and my ability to accomplish the mission.
The Virginia Division is strong, and growing even stronger. In the past few weeks, two new camps have been chartered in the Division and we expect great things to come from both of them.
Along with new camps come new members! That is something we should all be focused on. There is power in numbers and we should always be recruiting for the good of our beloved organization.
Unfortunately, we still have issues in front of us that must be dealt with, such as the Museum of the Confederacy’s merger into what is now called, the American Civil War Museum System. Gentlemen, this merger will do nothing but help to destroy any and all that is “Confederate!” As anyone can see, even the word “Confederate” has been removed. An effort must be made to stop these plans and let me assure you that work on this very issue is proceeding at this time. Whether or not we will find a successful avenue to fight the merger is up in the air at this point, but we are working feverishly and an announcement will be made when we have additional information.
In the meantime, what we all need to do as compatriots of the SCV and caretakers of our beloved heritage, is to continue to stand in honor of our brave Confederate ancestors. Do not allow the detractors have their way with our heritage. We must all come together as one and fight the good fight! Get our message out to the public, for everyone to see. Let it be known that we will not simply lie down and let today’s politically correct society run roughshod over us. We are gentlemen and we must act accordingly, but if we need to take off our coats and roll up our sleeves, then so be it! Our ancestors were heroes and we will not let that be forgotten.
Once again, thank you all so very much for the confidence you have placed in me in electing me as your Division Commander. I will serve the Division to the very best of my ability.
L. Tracy Clary