Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) has released the following statement on the commemoration of Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia:
“On Monday, April 22, many Georgians across the State will pay respect to the countless soldiers who gave their lives to defend the confederacy. It is important to remember the historical significance of our nation’s fractured past.
The “War Between the States” was unlike any conflict in our nation’s history; brothers took up arms against each other and it was not uncommon for young boys to join in the war effort. As war raged across the early American countryside, both the Confederate and Union Army fought to preserve their unique heritage and uphold the values that shaped their identity.
The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago, but continues to stand as a resolute reminder of how a nation divided by war was unified despite our differences. There is no greater reminder of our nation’s reconciliation than when our country is faced with times of adversity. When tragedy most recently struck the heart of Boston, our nation did not cower and hide, but showed resiliency and solidarity in the midst of pain. When times of trial come – and they will – we must always remember that we are stronger together than apart.
Honoring the fallen during Confederate Memorial Day is a reminder of our country’s unique ability to rise from the ashes and reconcile a war-torn past. If we don’t understand the battles of the past, we’ll be destined to repeat them.”
For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2013
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist