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United Daughters of the Confederacy try to Gain Local Interest

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The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) is trying to organize a local chapter in Mena. “The United Daughters of the Confederacy is one of the greatest of women’s organizations, a sisterhood of female descendants of soldiers, sailors, and patriots, dedicated to the preservation of the history, heritage, culture, and artifacts of the Confederate States of America,” said Dianne Freeman, a current member of UDC.  Those eligible for membership are women at least 16 years of age who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served honorably or gave material aid to the cause. The objectives are historical, educational, memorial, patriotic and benevolent.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the outgrowth of two statewide organizations that came into existence as early as 1890: the Daughters of the Confederacy in Missouri and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Confederate Soldiers Home in Tennessee.  The United Daughters of the Confederacy was organized on September 10, 1894 in Nashville, Tennessee, to honor the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States of America.

All interested ladies are invited to call Dianne Freeman at 870-492-2268 or Virginia Griffin at 870-404-1501.

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