Cleburne, Texas Celebrates
|Cleburne, Texas celebrated its 4th annual Patrick
Cleburne birthday party on March 17-18. I represented the PCS, and arrived
for the opening ceremonies at Hulen Park on the evening of the 17th. Mayor
Tom Hazlewood and Nell Dixon of the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, and
Melvin Burt, event organizer (Waco SCV camp) welcomed me along with Irish
friends Donal O'Flynn,
On Saturday we were treated as VIPs and rode in an antique bus in a parade led by Confederate soldiers, and Steve Maples who portrays Pat Cleburne for this weekend. We also placed a wreath at a monument on the courthouse grounds that gives the story of Pat Cleburne and why the town is named for him.
The weekend was also an opportunity for a Cleburne descendants reunion with Jeanne Despujols and Mike Ronayne. These cousins had never met before this weekend. Saturday afternoon at the Park had something for everyone. The PCS had
The event was a great success and well -supported by the community. They hope to continue this annually, growing larger each year and the PCS will support these efforts. However next year, as the date falls on the same weekend as our bi-annual tribute at the General's grave in Helena, we may not be in Cleburne, Texas unless some of our Texas members would like to take on this responsibility.
by Keith Jackman
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