January 16, 2011
Sons of Confederate Veterans
The Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a joint press conference on January 18, 2011, at 3pm in the Zenger Room of The National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.).
“It has been estimated that over 2 million Virginia citizens can trace their ancestry to a soldier who fought in the Confederate Army,” stated Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, B. Frank Earnest. “The Civil War was a defining moment in our history and, as we enter its Sesquicentennial year, it is fitting we honor the memories of the men and women on both sides whose sacrifices are part of our heritage. However, to put it candidly, under Governor Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s history has become political football.
“Past Governors – Democrats and Republicans – have respected Virginia’s responsibility to protect our historic Civil War landmarks, like the Confederate Chapel in Richmond, which the old Confederate Veterans ceded to the care of the Commonwealth of Virginia many years ago."
“However, Governor Bob McDonnell, bowing to the mandates of political expediency, has turned his back on these men and on the history and heritage of a huge group of Virginia citizens."
“Past Governors – Democrats and Republicans – have routinely issued gubernatorial proclamations honoring Virginia’s Civil War heritage – for groups like the SCV – just as they would for other groups."
“For example, Governor McDonnell’s predecessors, Democratic Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, issued, without hesitation, gubernatorial proclamations for Confederate leaders. Shamefully, our history has become so ‘politicized’ leaders who honored our heritage in the past – like former Senator George Allen – are now apologizing for their records.”
“We call on Governor McDonnell to remember that he is the Governor of all Virginians, that he honor the memory of those who died in defense of our Commonwealth, and that he rethink his politically correct position and honor the forthcoming petition which will begin today."
For Information contact Brag Bowling at 804-389-3620.