JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation on Feb. 10 declaring the month of April as Confederate Heritage Month in Mississippi. The proclamation says April was chosen because it "is the month in which the Confederate States began and ended a four-year struggle."
According to the proclamation, "It is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation's past, to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow if we carefully and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us."
"Like his predecessors, both Republican and Democrat, who issued similar proclamations, Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be," said Clay Chandler, communications director for the governor's office. "Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward."
In Mississippi, April 25 is set aside as Confederate Memorial Day to recognize those who served in the Confederacy.