Austin veterans group opposes Confederate group participation in Veterans Day Parade

CBS Austin

The Austin Veterans Day Parade is months away, but it already has some groups clashing.

The annual parade has been a tradition in Austin for more than 15 years, paying tribute to military men and women across the United States.

Manuel Jimenez with ATX-vets says the parade should only honor veterans who fought for the U.S., not against it. That’s why he’s calling on parade organizers to keep confederate groups out of this year’s event.

"They are veterans but not United States Veterans. They took an oath to a different country that they tried to create, and we took an oath to the United States of America to try to defend it,” Jimenez said.

Marshall Davis with Sons of Confederate Veterans sees it differently.

"For us, it is a chance for us to honor our confederate ancestors,” Davis said. He believes all veterans born in the U.S. deserve honor, including those who fought in the confederacy.

"The men who fought for that and many died, deserves the same respect, the same honors as any other veteran who went to war for their country,” Marshal said.

Despite the Confederates’ efforts to break away from the United States, Davis says their roots in fighting for Texas during the Civil War is part of history that should be honored.

“It is history, but it should be relegated to the history books and museums,” Jimenez said.

Monday at 9:30 a.m., ATX-vets will be holding a press conference at Austin City Hall to urge organizers to reconsider allowing confederate groups to participate in the Austin Veterans Day parade.

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