Sons of Confederate Veterans
Media Inquiries & Official Positions
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Martin K. O’Toole
Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Position on Monument Removal, Defacement and Name Changes.
The Georgia Division, 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.
We hold the services and sacrifices of our American veterans to be sacred and any acts against these heroes and patriots should be deemed by all patriotic Americans as an act of terrorism, equivalent to the atrocities performed by the Taliban and ISIS to erase the heritage and culture in their region.
Our organization also opposes in the strongest terms possible the removal, renaming, modification, or reinterpretation of any monument, memorials, or the names of streets and governmental institutions that are named after and that honors veterans of any conflict, or the Founding Fathers and Historical figures. Removal and modification are nothing more than an attack on true historical facts and is highly dangerous and evil.
Most of the Confederate monuments were erected over 100 years ago. They were financed by the mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters of Confederate veterans to honor their service and sacrifices.
Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines are American veterans designated by an act of Congress in U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 approved 23 May 1958. They deserve the same respect as all American veterans and we believe that an attack on one set of veterans is an attack on all American veterans.
Issued by Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Executive Council, November 10, 2018
The Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Resolution and Position on the Confederate Battle Flag
WHEREAS, the Confederate Battle Flag is the most recognized symbol of the Confederate States of America, the Southern region of America and has always been a symbol of Southern Patriotism and Valor; and
WHEREAS, the Confederate Battle Flag is a symbol recognized world-wide as a symbol of a people’s struggle against tyranny, fighting against over-whelming odds, and the struggle for freedom and liberty; and
WHEREAS, the Confederate Battle Flag was not a governmental flag, but was the primary flag of the common Confederate soldier that flew with them during battle, while on the march, and in Camp; and
WHEREAS, most of the early Southern people of the Americas were of Scottish and Irish descent and recognized the Saint Andrews cross on the Confederate Battle Flag, (sometimes referred to as the “Southern Cross”) as a symbol on the flags of their ancestral countries of Scotland and Ireland, which had spiritual meaning to them; and
WHEREAS, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are the true inheritors of the legacy and symbols for which the Confederate Veterans fought and died; and
WHEREAS, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has always condemned the misuse of the Confederate Battle Flag or any of our Nation’s flags or symbols by any extremist group or individual, by whatever name they may use,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby condemn in the strongest terms possible the slander spoken against the Confederate Battle Flag, or the removal and banning of the Confederate Battle Flag from any memorial, forum and display where the Confederate Battle Flag is being flown as tribute and in honor to the services and sacrifices of the Confederate Soldier.
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans encourages the citizens of Georgia, America and the people of the world to learn more about the true meaning and history of the War for Southern Independence and to display the Confederate Battle Flag with gratitude in honor of the Confederate Veterans and the principles for which they fought.
Issued by the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Executive Council, November 10, 2019