FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2010 is Confederate History Month in the South!!
The Confederate History Month Committee of the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans proudly and gratefully recognizes the signing of proclamations by governors, mayors and county commissioners since 1995 designating the month of April as “Confederate History and Heritage Month.” http://confederateheritagemonth.com
In 2009, the Georgia General Assembly approved Senate Bill No. 27, signed by Governor Sonny Perdue, officially designating April permanently as Confederate History and Heritage Month.
In 1999, Texas Senate Resolution No. 526 passed designating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.
Georgia’s Governor Sonny Perdue, Mississippi’s Governor Haley Barbour and Virginia’s Governor Robert F. McDonnell have all signed a proclamation designating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month for 2010.
The 150th Anniversary “Sesquicentennial” of the War Between the States begins in 2010 and the Confederate History Month Committee encourages all Americans to make it a family affair to learn more about this time in our nation’s history. See: http://www.150wbts.org/
Confederate History Month commemorates the men and women of the Confederate States of America who came from all races and religions that include: Irish-born General Patrick R. Cleburne, Black Georgia Confederate drummer Bill Yopp, Mexican born Colonel Santos Benavides, Cherokee Born General Stand Watie and Jewish born Confederate Nurse Phoebe Pember who was the first female administrator of Chimboraza Hospital in Richmond, Georgia where she served until the end of War Between the States in 1865.
Confederate Memorial Day became a legal holiday in Georgia by act of the Georgia legislature in 1874. For over 100 year’s members of the Ladies Memorial Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans have held annual Confederate Memorial days on or near April 26th.
Other states celebrate Southern Memorial Day on May 10th and June 3rd--the birthday of President Jefferson Davis.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans encourage everyone to learn more about the roll the men and women of the Confederacy played in the history of the USA and to take part in April’s Confederate History Month events. http://www.scv.org