Citizen Tom

West face of the Civil War Unknowns Monument (click to enlarge)
For the unknown dead of the American Civil War (from here)

There is much energy spent these days trying to bury any attempt to honor the heroes who fought for the Confederate States of America.

We get blatantly inflammatory rhetoric from some.

In June 2015, Dylann Roof murdered nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That hate crime prompted South Carolina to remove the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the state capitol, and communities throughout the country debated the continued presence of monuments to the Confederacy in the public square. That December, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an ordinance to remove four monuments. These include statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, as well as a commemoration of those who opposed Reconstruction. Over the…

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