The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Chapter 900, released a statement Friday in response to a petition that was posted online advocating the relocation of a local Confederate monument.
It is the same statement that was first issued in 2018.
The controversy over the statue has sparked a series of ongoing protests consisting of those who support and oppose removal of the statue from a plot of land it has occupied since 1910.
The statue, which is atop a granite pedestal, is located at the intersection of Ocoee, Broad and Eighth streets near downtown Cleveland.
The petition was posted on change.org on June 8. It, and an opposing petition, posted the next day, have attracted thousands of signatures.
The Cleveland Daily Banner requested the UDOC statement soon after the petition was posted.
Until Friday, the local UDOC chapter had not commented on the issue. That changed Friday when the local affiliate released a statement identical to one released in 2018 on its national website. It is attributed to Nelma Crutcher, UDOC president general.
It reads as follows:
"The United Daughters of the Confederacy appreciates the feelings of citizens across the country currently being expressed concerning Confederate memorial statues and monuments that were erected by our members in decades past. To some, these memorial statues and markers are viewed as divisive and thus unworthy of being allowed to remain in public places. To others, they simply represent a memorial to our forefathers who fought bravely during four years of war. These memorial statues and markers have been a part of the Southern landscape for decades.
"We are grieved that certain hate groups have taken the Confederate flag and other symbols as their own. We are the descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors, and patriots. Our members are the ones who have spent  years honoring their memory by various activities in the fields of education, history and charity, promoting patriotism and good citizenship. Our members are the ones who, like our statues, have stayed quietly in the background, never engaging in public controversy."
Crutcher said the United Daughters of the Confederacy "totally denounces any individual or group that promotes racial divisiveness or white supremacy."
"And we call on these people to cease using Confederate symbols for their abhorrent and reprehensible purposes," she said. "We are saddened that some people find anything connected with the Confederacy to be offensive. Our Confederate ancestors were, and are, Americans. We as an Organization do not sit in judgment of them nor do we impose the standards of the 19th century on Americans of the 21st century."
The organization was founded in Nashville in 1893. It's national headquarters is located on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond, Va.
As related to local protests over the possibility of relocating the Confederate statue, the UDOC statement offered no mention of the organization's position on moving it or keeping it where it is.