Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed April 2010 Confederate History Month at the request of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
According to The Washington Post, Virginia’s previous two governors refused to issue similar proclamations because of their potential to offend some groups.
Governor McDonnell explained his decision in the act itself.
“It is important for all Virginians to reflect upon our Commonwealth’s shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to our present,” he wrote, according to NPR.
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