There is a funny little word that is suddenly meaningful for Dixie: synaxis. It is an ancient Greek word that translates to ‘a gathering’. On some Church calendars, there are several celebratory memorial synaxes: the Synaxis of the 70 Apostles (4 Jan.), the Synaxis of St John the Baptist (7 Jan.), and so on. We, as Southerners, should add a new synaxis of this kind to our yearly calendars, in light of what the uS military has decided to do with its base names, etc.: The Synaxis of Banned Confederates.
The Pentagon has provided us with the names to include in our Synaxis, via a report from Newsmax:
‘The USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser named for a Civil War battle the confederates won, and the USNS Maury, an oceanographic survey ship named for confederate naval Cmdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, are the two naval ships affected.
‘The nine Army bases affected are: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Pickett, Virginia; Fort Rucker, Alabama; and Fort Lee, Virginia.’
For clarity, they are, with the days they reposed,
-Commander Matthew Maury (1 Feb.)
-Gen Braxton Bragg (27 Sept.)
-Gen Leonidas Polk (14 June)
-Gen Henry Benning (10 July)
-Gen John Gordon (9 Jan.)
-Gen A. P. Hill (2 April)
-Gen John Bell Hood (30 Aug.)
-Gen George Pickett (30 July)
-Col Edmund Rucker (13 April)
General Robert E. Lee (who reposed on 12 Oct.), we feel, needs no introduction.
There are, of course, many more who could be named, but these will suffice for this Gathering, given that they are the ones singled out in the report. Serious consideration should be given for other synaxes, though, like a Synaxis of the 12 Southerners who wrote I’ll Take My Stand, which could be held on the book’s original day of publication – November 12th.
And we know just what day to celebrate this Synaxis: June 9th, the day a typical New England shrew, Senator Elizabeth Warren, proposed this genocidal scrubbing of anything Southern from the US military’s consciousness in 2020.
On this day, let us heartily celebrate the memory and achievements of these Confederate ancestors of ours, and pray for the peaceful rest of their souls with the righteous (as well as on the individual days of the repose of each, as we are able).
We should also include St Columba of Iona in these goings-on, asking him to pray for our ancestors and for Southrons living and not yet living, for his Feast Day is also on the 9th of June, he who did so much to bring our forefathers in Ireland, Scotland, and England to the Christian Faith.
This attack on memory, virtue, etc., is undoubtedly unseemly and dangerous, but there is a positive side to it (as others have pointed out): No longer will the names and reputations of our Southern forebears be defamed by being dragged into the Federal regime’s unlawful wars with all their atrocities, nor through all the sexual perversity and depravity that the woke Pentagon is now imposing on its soldiers and sailors in the name of diversity and inclusion. Let them drag the names of those they revere – Lincoln, Emerson, Susan B. Anthony, Sheridan, Hillary Clinton, and all the rest of that strange, disreputable lot – through the blood and the mud instead.
However, there is one name that Southerners should insist be removed from a place: the name of George Washington from Washington, D. C. General Washington is too fine a gentleman to be associated with that vipers’ nest. The District can no doubt find a more suitable name, perhaps their latest overseas puppet, Zelensky. Aside from the massive financial and military aid to the corrupt neo-Nazi Kiev government, the D. C. Establishment has just recently created ‘Ukrainian Independence Park’ in the middle of the city; and some loopy Congressmen want to place his bust in the US House. The new name ‘Zelensky, D. C.’ would simply close the loop.
If the un-Christian globalist types in D. C. are determined to wipe out the memories of our Southern ancestors, we must be more determined to preserve them, honor them, and pass them on to future generations. It is essential, then, to observe Confederate Memorial Day when it comes round each year in the various Southern States, but with each new action of the Yankees/globalists to purge Southern history and culture, we must make a new effort of our own to counteract it. Hence, our new Synaxis for the banned boys in grey.
(Our thanks to an anonymous tipster for the Newsmax link.)
Walt Garlington is a chemical engineer turned writer (and, when able, a planter). He makes his home in Louisiana and is editor of the 'Confiteri: A Southern Perspective' web site.