Texas State Rifle Association Announces Support for Honor Our Soldiers


AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Rifle Association, the largest state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, announced its support for Honor Our Soldiers, the national campaign sponsored by the Civil War Trust to honor America’s veterans by raising awareness about threats facing the nation’s historic battlefields.

“The TSRA is a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights and, while gun ownership is a much discussed topic today, it’s important for us to remember that all of the individual rights we enjoy as Americans would not exist without the dedication and sacrifice of our veterans,” TSRA Executive Director Bruce Kivell said. “Preserving historic battlefields celebrates the memory of soldiers, and the Texas State Rifle Association is very pleased to support the Honor Our Soldiers campaign.”

The Honor Our Soldiers campaign seeks to create awareness for the thousands of acres of hallowed ground across the country where American soldiers have fought and died, but are now at risk of being lost forever to development. Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed — denied forever to future generations. Of those that remain, only 15 percent are protected as National Parks.

“Preserved Civil War battlefields are living monuments – not just to the men in blue and gray who fought there – but to all of America’s veterans who have honorably served in the military,” Trust president James Lighthizer said. “They stand as outdoor classrooms, teaching young and old alike about the sacrifices made to forge the nation we are today.”

Since its kick-off in September, the campaign has garnered more than 37,000 followers and supporters nationwide. It includes an online petition - http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/honor-our-soldiers — through which concerned Americans can show their support for saving America’s hallowed ground and honoring those who have served.

Founded in 1919, the TSRA is the largest firearms and shooting sports organization in Texas with a membership of more than 40,000. TSRA is also the largest state affiliate of the National Rifle Association and is sanctioned by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. As a part of its public education efforts, the association produces a full-color, bimonthly publication, TSRA Sportsmen, which updates members on current news, hunter education programs, shooting sports competitions and important issues affecting their Second Amendment rights.

The Honor Our Soldiers campaign is sponsored by the Civil War Trust, the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 38,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at http://www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.