There are many who wish to see all Confederate monuments in our state removed because they feel that the Civil War was an unjust one. How do they feel about the monuments on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. (Arthur Ashe’s excluded) and those at Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa.? Should they be removed as well?
Further, since many also believe that the Vietnam War was an unjust one, should the memorial in Washington commemorating that war also be removed? Of course not.
All should be left to remind us of what a devastating effect those wars had upon our nation. Good or bad, we cannot change what occurred in the past.
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We can, however, affect what occurs in the future if we stop debating an event that occurred over 150 years that none of us had anything to do with and start working together to resolve some of our problems. With respect for one another, and hard work, we can make our country the envy of the world.