PASCO COUNTY COMMISSION HONORS SUNNY SOUTH GUARDS
Tues., Sept. 6th - Dade City, Florida - Pasco County officially honors the service of the the soldiers of the Sunny South Guard
The first item of business on the agenda at the Pasco County Commission yesterday was a Proclamation recognizing the men who heard the call of their community and Florida 150 years ago in 1861.
Dade City resident Lela Futch, who accepted the proclamation said "Its great that the Commission remembers our history and honors these men and boys". In a lead up to the largest war on American soil, local men organized for home defense, and they would call themselves the Sunny South Guard.
The Proclamation is a lead up to the a re-enactment of a "send off" by the ladies of Tampa Bay to the 100 man unit, which occurred 150 years ago this month. The re-enactment, hosted by the Sesquicentennial Commission of Tampa Bay will occur at 4 p.m. at Poe Plaza in Downtown Tampa, just steps from the site of Fort Brooke, where the send off occurred. Organizers of the event are promoting it regionally for historical tourism during the sesquicentennial of the formation of the Confederate States of America.
"Veterans understand what it means to fight for your country, and to make the ultimate sacrifice-no matter how popular or unpopular the war," said David McCallister, co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Commission. "On this day, we'll be honoring descendants of some of Tampa Bay's most prominent family members who stepped up to the task when duty called, a honor-worthy act, regardless of political position."
Descendants of the soldiers are being sought to recognized at the ceremony.
The Roll of Honor of the Sunny South Guard, which would become the 4th Florida Infantry, Co. K, is available online as is more information about the event atwww.tampabay150.org.
L to R : Pasco County Commission Ted Schrader and Lela Futch
BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Resolution NO. 11-331
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