Civil War continues to divide Texans

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The Civil War ended more than 140 years ago, but on the eve of Confederate Heroes Day, new battles erupted over the meaning of the Old South, statues honoring its defenders and even a stage act at Gov. Rick Perry's inaugural ball.

The ongoing flash points this week highlight the raw emotions conjured up by the mere mention of the Confederacy or the iconic red, white and blue battle flag.

For many descendants of Confederate war veterans, including Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Confederate Heroes Day -- established by the Legislature in 1973 -- will be celebrated today.

"We should memorialize and commemorate all of our soldiers who served honorably," Patterson said.

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