Mayor Leon Humphrey has proclaimed the month of April 2013 as Confederate History & Heritage Month in Carter County, TN. He was earlier presented, in his office, a copy of the January/February 2013 issue of “Confederate Veteran”, the Confederate Third National Flag, an 8X10 photo of the Carter County Confederate Veterans Memorial, a CD titled “The Truth About the Confederate Battle Flag” and a DVD titled “Carter County Confederates”.
The Proclamation was presented by him at a meeting of Carter County Commission on March 18, 2013. The Proclamation was accepted by the Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 of Elizabethton. A standing applause was given by Commission and the attendees to the meeting. The Proclamation presentation can be viewed at http://www.cartercountytn.gov/videos/ .
Confederate History and Heritage Proclamation
WHEREAS, April is the month in which the people of the Confederate States of America began and ended a four-year heroic struggle for states' rights, individual freedom, local government control and determined struggle for deeply held beliefs; and
WHEREAS, Carter County supplied citizen soldiers and officers who fought for their beliefs in this great struggle; and
WHEREAS, Carter County, Tennessee has long recognized her Confederate history, the officers and enlisted men of the Confederate States Army and the Navy and those at home who made sacrifices on behalf of their families, homes, communities, and country; and that it is just and right to do so; and
WHEREAS, the noble spirit and inspiring leadership of these great officers, leaders, and the ordinary men and women, free and not free, of the Confederate States is an integral part of the history of all of America; and
WHEREAS, Carter County, Tennessee is proud to recognize and celebrate the devotion of her Confederate soldiers and all those from Carter County who fought and sacrificed in this great struggle that divided families, the nation, and our State; and
WHEREAS, the knowledge of the role of the Confederate States of America in the history of our nation and our State 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 citizens of Carter County, Tennesseans and Americans;
NOW, THEREFORE, I Leon Humphrey, Mayor of Carter County, on this 18th day of March 2013 do hereby recognize April 2013 as Confederate History and Heritage Month in CARTER COUNTY, TENNESSEE and urge all citizens of the county to engage in a historical study of the events of the years 1861 to 1865, inclusive, and to solemnly contemplate that time in our history and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
_____________________ Leon Humphrey Carter County Mayor