(ATLANTA – September 30, 2015)
The Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is pleased to announce that effective today, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles has begun re-issuing the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) specialty plates. Afterthe Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) stopped issuing SCV specialty plates in the wake of the recent hysteria over Confederate Historical Monuments and Symbols, the Georgia Division (SCV) began negotiating with the DOR to have the specialty plate reissued on the basis of contract law and Georgia statutory law that has been in effect since 2001 when the SCV plates were first issued to the citizens of Georgia.
The Georgia Division, SCV agreed to remove the faded battle flag background image from the plate as requested by the DOR, provided that the specialty plate retained the 120 year-old Sons of Confederate Veteran’s logo which represents the core of the organization’s charge “To defend and honor the good name of the Confederate Soldier.” The SCV logo prominently incorporates the Confederate Battle Flag, which was the flag of the Confederate soldier during the War for Southern Independence and is the most recognizable symbol of the South and its glorious heritage.
The SCV specialty plate is available to all citizens of Georgia. One does not have to be a member of the SCV in order to obtain the SCV specialty plate; and no tag office may deny Georgia drivers their choice of the plate. A portion of the specialty plate fee goes to the SCV and is used to fund historical projects in the State of Georgia such as new monuments, monument restorations, veterans’ grave markers, and educational projects related to the Confederate soldier and his Christian values.