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(Washington Times) In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement sparked in 2020 by the murder of George Floyd, Congress required the Department of Defense to create a commission to evaluate the ways the military continued to honor the Confederacy.
The duties of the “naming commission” were to assess the “cost of renaming or removing names, symbols, displays, monuments or paraphernalia that commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.”
In January, the commission recommended the removal of Arlington National Cemetery’s Confederate Memorial, which is to be demolished this summer. The memorial, dedicated in 1914, features a bronze woman standing on a 32-foot pedestal, crowned with olive leaves, holding a laurel wreath, a plow stock, and a pruning hook designed to represent the South. The base of the statue features 14 shields with the coats of arms of the 13 Confederate states and Maryland, which didn’t secede and join the Confederacy…
…Now, the radicals in our society are going to tear down his creation because, as the secretary of defense has explained, Arlington National Cemetery can “inspire all those who call them home, fully reflect the history and the values of the United States and commemorate the best of the republic that we are all sworn to protect.”
The military says all bronze elements on the memorial will be relocated, and its base and foundation will remain as to avoid disturbing the surrounding graves. In today’s race-based hysteria, it is a wonder that Section 16 has survived at all.
With the monument’s destruction, the reconciliation message that Lincoln, Grant, McKinley, Taft and Roosevelt advocated will be lost.
The statue’s demise will not unite but only further divide.