SHAWNEE — The Oklahoma Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual convention and reunion at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Reunion Hall South in Shawnee.
Oklahoma Division Commander Larry Logan said the group preserves the history and legacy of the citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern cause.
The convention will convene with coffee and visiting, then the brigades meeting at 9:30 a.m. and the reunion starting at 9:45 a.m. There is no registration fee, but there is a $7 buffet available.
This year's keynote speaker is Chuck McMichael of Shreveport, La., former commander in chief of the national organization.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all males who are descendants of Confederate soldiers or sailors and who served honorably. The Oklahoma Division has 21 camps across Oklahoma and 300 members.
The group condemns the use of Confederate flags or symbols to promote racial prejudice, bigotry or discrimination.
“Unfortunately, people have used it to promote racial injustice,” Logan said. “We want good publicity and the misuse of Confederate flags offends us, too.”
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Reunion Hall South is at 1702 S Gordon Cooper Drive.