March 24, 2016 - Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison signed a proclamation on March 22, 2016 declaring April to be Confederate History and Heritage Month. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 282 were witness to the signing. Below is the proclamation.
From left: Glynn Hartt, Lynn Hartt, Jim Barrett, and Leslie Gill holding "Little T"
Whereas: Texas is a collection of many cultures and heritages united by a common history, and individual heritages and diverse backgrounds; and,
Whereas: Shelby County, Texas saw many of her sons from each of these cultures and heritages engage in honorable and distinguished military service for Texas and for the Confederate States of America; and,
Whereas: The flag of the State of Texas was carried by Texas Confederate soldiers in every major battle of the War Between the States, and the state contributed over 115,000 soldiers and sailors to the service of the Confederate States of American; and,
Whereas: Upon the conclusion of the war, many of these some citizen soldiers again become citizens who worked tirelessly to reunite and rebuild this country and forge reconciliation; and,
Whereas: Knowledge of the role of the Confederate States of America in the history of our state and nation is vital to understanding who we are and what we are; and,
Whereas: We honor our past and from it draw the courage, strength and wisdom to reconcile ourselves and go forward into the future together as Texans and Americans; and,
Whereas: The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are historical, patriotic and non-political organizations dedicated to ensuring that the true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved, honoring locally and statewide those who served Texas and the Confederate States of America; and,
Whereas: Confederate Memorial Day, April 26th is an official observance day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America and the month of April bears significance since it marks both the beginning and the ending of the War Between the States,
Now, therefore: I, as Shelby County Judge do hereby proclaim that April 2016 is "Confederate History and Heritage Month" in Shelby County, Texas, and encourage all residents to increase their knowledge of the history of Shelby County and the State of Texas, and particularly of the role played by Confederate Veterans of all races and ethnic backgrounds in the history of our state and nation.
Proclaimed this 22nd day of March, 2016
Allison Harbison, County Judge