The Confederate monuments honor the sacrifice that many people made. There are many people that descended from war veterans of the Civil War, and they are upset at the recent removal of monuments that they care a lot about. Confederate history and heritage has been under attack lately and many people are upset by this.
- a closer reading of the orations given at the countless dedicatory ceremonies, of the newspaper articles that accompanied those events, and of correspondence surrounding that history, reveal that by far the underlying sentiment was to honor the veterans and others who suffered, fought and died decades earlier.
- forty years after Vietnam—an excellent example, among many, being the recent erection of the monument to Vietnam veterans on the Capitol Square in Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Indeed, instead of taking monuments down or hiding them, we should be putting more monuments up. That is the true spirit of North Carolina and the spirit that, I would suggest, mirrors the overwhelming sentiment of the citizens of this state.
“Throughout our history, usually forty or fifty years after the conclusion of each war or conflict, there are efforts to honor the old veterans who are quickly passing away.”