March 29, 2013
Group to ask for April to honor Confederate history

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) will ask Orange County Commissioners Court to proclaim the month of April as Confederate History and Heritage Month on Monday.

The request for the proclamation is an annual request by the organization.

A copy of the proclamation from April 2011 states “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 citizens of Orange County, Texas and America.”

The proclamation also reads “urge all citizens of the county to engage in a historical study of the events of the years from 1861-1865, inclusive and to solemnly contemplate that time in our history.”

Granvel Block, a member of the SCV, made the request for the proclamation and is the one who obtained a permit from the city of Orange for the Confederate Flag Memorial.

The permit for the memorial states it is to install a new veterans memorial.

Commissioners will also discuss the revisions to the Orange county Personnel Policy Manual concerning travel reimbursement for employees.

The court will also discuss appointing a new Director to the Transportation Department and if a vacant custodial position in the Operations and Maintenance Department will be filled.

Commissioners Court will hold a special meeting 2 p.m. Monday, at 123 South Sixth Street in Orange.

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