The tombstone of Moses Ezekiel, Sergeant of
Battalion of Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute.
For the past several years, the District of
Columbia Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, in conjunction
with the Jefferson Davis SCV Camp #305, have co-hosted the Annual
Jefferson Davis Birthday Celebration in Arlington National Cemetery.
This ceremony has been held at the Confederate Monument at Jackson
Circle every year since its dedication in 1914 by U.S. President
Woodrow Wilson. The Confederate monument
was designed by Moses Ezekiel and his grave is directly beside
the sculpture that he so skillfully created.
This event honors the several hundred Southern
soldiers buried around the base of the monument as well as descendents
of Confederate soldiers buried throughout the cemetery. It is traditionally
held on the closest Sunday to our President's birthday of June
3 and in the past has been a most successful event with 150-200
attendees and the placement of wreaths sent by various members
Unfortunately, the ceremony this year, which
would be the 200th birthday of Jefferson Davis, is in jeopardy.
In the past, this ceremony has been funded through private grants
but these funds are no longer available. Therefore, the Jeff Davis
Camp is soliciting funds to enable this worthy event to continue.
Please send any donations to:
James W. Freeman, Chairman
Confederate Memorial Committee of the District of Columbia
3900 Soand View Circle #223
Triangle, VA 22172-1236
For more information, Contact James Freeman at 571-201-5079.