Texas county proclaims April as Confederate History, Heritage Month

CNN -- O

ne Texas county proclaimed this April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.

The county commissioners of Orange County, Texas, unanimously approved the proclamation on Monday.

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said this is at least the fifth year in a row that April, the month in which the Civil War began, has been named Confederate Heritage Month.

Thibodeaux said the request has been made every year by the Orange Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the same organization that is constructing a Confederate War Memorial on MLK in Orange.

Part of the proclamation states, "It is important for all citizens of Orange County to reflect upon our past and to respect the devotion of her Confederate leaders, soldiers, and citizens to the cause of Southern liberty."

Residents, however, aren't completely sold on the idea. Ralph Hawkins is one of those citizens speaking out against it.

"I don't think this will be anything but to raise animosity and lack of friendship among races," he said. "I feel that it resurrected some of the bad feelings of the 19th century and I think people need to move on."