Only July 7, 2020 The Henry County Board of Commissioners violated Georgia State Law 50-3-1 and voted to remove the Confederate Veterans’ Monument from the McDonough Square.
This unlawful action by the Henry County Board of Commissioners compelled the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans to immediately file a Temporary Restraining Order and a Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief to stop the removal of the Veterans’ Monument.
Sons of Confederate Veterans condemns in the strongest terms possible the vandalism, removal and defacement of any Veteran’s monuments, memorials, or grave markers and will assist law enforcement in any way possible to vigorously pursue the prosecution of these heinous violations to the fullest extent of the law.
The Monument was erected in 1911 to commemorate the Confederate dead in the Southern War for Independence (1861-1865). On top of the Monument is a soldier statue standing at rest. On the base of the Monument is written:
TO OUR CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS,
THOSE WHO FELL IN FIERCEST
FIGHTING AND SLEEP BENEATH
THE SOD OF EVERY SOUTHERN STATE.
THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY
IN THE YEARS OF PEACE,
AND WHOSE ASHES NOW HALLOW
OLD HENRY’S HILL SIDES,
THOSE WHO LIKE A BENEDICTION,
STILL LIMP IN OUR MIDST.
MAY GOD PRESERVE FOREVER IN
OUR HEARTS, THEIR MEMORY AND
IN ALL MINDS, A KNOWLEDGE OF
THEIR MOTIVES AND THEIR CAUSE.
For further information contact:
Martin K. O’Toole
Spokesman, Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans