Friday, June 17, 2016

Ole’ Bedford’s havin’ another party!!!

Ole’ bedford’s havin’

another party!!!

You are cordially invited to attend the 17th Annual Birthday Celebration of
 Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest!

Saturday July 9, 2016
3:00 PM

Home of Butch & Pat Godwin
10800 Co. Rd. 30
Selma, Alabama  36701

Guest Speaker – Chuck McMichael
 Past Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Live Music by:

Southern Fried Catfish Supper w/ all the fixin’s served at 6:00PM

Auction, door prizes, ice cold watermelon served all day long –
Drawing for NBF Hot Cast Bronze Mini Bust

HOTELS:  Area Code 334 - Hampton Inn- 876-9995; Holiday Inn Express – 874-1000;
 Quality Inn- 874-8600; Comfort Inn-875-5700; America’s Best-872-1900; Selma Hotel-872-0460

For more information call: Pat Godwin @ 334-875-190, 334-419-4566 (cell) e-mail: – please call for reservations for headcount purposes only.

All proceeds go toward Confederate Memorial Circle, Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama for 19 historical narrative markers to be placed at points of interest within Confederate Memorial Circle.



Dear Friends of Forrest:

SEVENTEEN CELEBRATIONS!!! WOW!  Can ya believe this is the 17th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday Celebration!!! Absolutely Incredible! The years just keep flyin’ by! This celebration continues because of YOU…you who love and revere the GREATEST MILITARY GENIUS who ever lived! As we continue to celebrate the life of Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest, we follow his advice to his men…”When ya got the enemy on the run, keep the skeer on ‘em”!!!  I know that in view of the past year since June 17, 2015 after the “Charleston 9” shooting, our fight for our Southern history and heritage and our very INDENTITY has certainly escalated to an intensity that appears to have had an injection of steroids…especially thanks to Alabama’s X-rated governor, robert bentley and South Carolina’s governor, nikki haley.  The TRUTH of the matter is that “they” fear us and what we stand for…FREEDOM & LIBERTY and a Constitutional Representative government! Our culture is a Christian culture and Christianity is the bullseye of their target!  Western Civilization must be eradicated in order for the one world government to exist! But in the face of adversity, we MUST PERSEVERE!!! 

We hope you are making plans to attend this year’s FORREST CELEBRATION as we look upon this gathering each year as more of a “Family Reunion”. Because of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Butch & I have made soooo many wonderful friends whom we consider integral members of our extended Confederate family. We lament the passing of so many “soldiers on the battlefield” since this celebration started back in 2000 but with the passing of each precious soul, we will always remember them; but, hopefully, we garner another soldier who has come to know the TRUTH about our history and our heritage and has joined the fight to save our noble Christian culture.

As always, each year, we strive to plan a gathering that will make you want to attend, even though you might have been here many times before and will make you leave here at the end of the day, looking forward to returning next year!  With that goal in mind and in our heart, this year guarantees the achievement of that goal! Chuck McMichael, past Commander-in-Chief, National/International Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be our keynote speaker this year and will be giving his address on “The Blood”. I have especially asked Chuck to give this presentation because it is one of the most outstanding presentations I have ever heard and I firmly believe that EVERY ONE of our people needs to hear this speech and hopefully will bring our people to understand the importance of “the Blood”.  Chuck is never a “lulling” speaker and is blessed with such a sense of humor that is so unique. He is certainly a NATURAL!

For YEARS I have tried to get UNRECONSTRUCTED here at the FORREST CELEBRATION but they are in such demand that they have always been booked before I could get to them, but this year, thankfully, I asked them LAST year about performing for the 2016 celebration.  We are very excited to have them coming this year to entertain you for the day with their unique style and talent. I know you will want to come & enjoy their music during the day; especially, if you have never had the pleasure of hearing them, you are in for a wonderful treat!

Of course the day will consist of our usual “SOUTHERN MENU” serving ice cold watermelon all day long at the Pickaninny Freeze Watermelon Stand. At 6PM, is our famous Southern Fried Catfish supper with all the fixin’s and General Forrest’s Birthday Cake! Col. CC Pegues Selma Camp Commander, Nelson Andrews will be our Master Chef again this year! The BEST catfish this side of the Big Muddy!  Past Ala Div. SCV Commander, Ronnie Simmons will be our Master of Ceremonies. We have some special Southern/Confederate items for the always exciting auction and also some special door prizes. 

Since last year’s drawing of the LAST hot cast bronze NBF mini bust, I am happy to announce also that, thanks to the sculptor of the NB Forrest bust, Paul D. Spaulding, I commissioned a foundry by his recommendation to pour the NBF mini bust that we draw for each year. Digby Carter of Somerset Foundry in Bath, Maine has done an exquisite job of pouring the new busts!  The patina is just beautiful and the bust is mounted on a beautiful finished block of walnut. This is an exquisite work of art; hot cast bronze, poured from the original mold and would retail at as much as $5000 depending on the art market location, of course.  Enclosed are 10 tickets for the drawing at $2 each if you wish to participate. Please send the stubs with your name & contact information and check made payable to NBF Monument Fund/Confederate Memorial Circle & mail back to me to receive before 8 July 2016 to insure that your tickets get in the drawing. If you choose NOT to participate, please discard the tickets & DO NOT SEND BACK TO ME.  If you wish to make copies of the tickets to enter the drawing with more chances, please feel free to do so & send stubs & check accordingly.

We invite you to come & bring your family & friends. While in Selma,  please make plans to visit Confederate Memorial Circle at Historic Live Oak Cemetery to enjoy our victory against the City of Selma and see our project and see your ancestor paver(s) if you have already purchased a paver. After 15 years and 2 lawsuits, we have a sound victory in Selma, Alabama, the civil rights capital of the world! We now hold the deed to Confederate Memorial Circle! The 14th Amendment FINALLY worked for us!  We are still raising funds to have 19 historic narrative markers placed at the featured points of interest within the Circle. If you would like to purchase an ancestor paver & do not have a form, please contact me & I will mail the forms to you or send by e-mail attachment.

 The Re-dedication of Confederate Memorial Circle was held last May 23, 2015 – I hope you were a part of that wonderful day in history, but if you did not get to attend, the DVD is now available for you to enjoy the day in the convenience of your home. It is a 3-disc set, 2 ½ hours long and beautifully packaged for $25 plus $3 shipping & handling. The set includes the speeches in their entirety of the 4 wonderful speakers of the day; Dr. Cecil Williamson, Benny Austin, Bill Rambo and Todd Kiscaden, plus the music of the 5th Ala Regimental Band, and Celtic singer/songwriter Jed Marum performing at the reception held at the Smitherman Building Museum, original site of the NBF monument in Oct 2000 until it was moved by the City of Selma to Live Oak Cemetery in Feb 2001.  We had some requests for the Historic program booklet & I had some reprinted. We are selling them for $5 each while they last & will not be reprinted. Also, we still have some of the NBF Commemorative Coins available at $10 each. When these are gone we will not have any more struck.  All these items will be for sale at the CELEBRATION, of course. We still offer the FRIENDS OF FORREST T-Shirt for $25 each which includes shipping & handling; we have Large & X-Large on hand right now.   All proceeds from the sale of all these items described, plus the bust drawing tickets & the CELEBRATION go toward the 19 historical markers.

Butch & I and the Friends of Forrest Board of Directors want to thank you ALL for your continued faithful support all these years of our efforts here in Selma to pay homage to General Forrest that he so rightfully deserves for his valiant defense of Selma on 2 April 1865 and to protect, defend and preserve our Southern heritage here in Selma. Without your faithful, dedicated support, our efforts would have never come to fruition!  We especially thank you for your precious friendship, prayers and moral support during the most trying times through these past 15 years and 2 lawsuits.

Bring ya family & friends!  Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, lawn chairs, pop-up tents if you wish – dress cool as we guarantee a hot day in July!

We are planning a REALLY BIG day and hope you will come & share the birthday celebration of Lt. Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest with us at Fort Dixie!

Confederately yours, 

Patricia S. Godwin, President

Friends of Forrest, Inc.

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