I am a grandson – yes, grandson – of a Union Veteran of the Civil War, and the great grandson of a Union soldier who was mortally wounded at 2nd Manassas. For full disclosure, I am also the husband of 39 years to a woman who was born in the capital of the Confederacy and whose relatives fought for the South. When my son was younger, we were members of the Sons of Union Veterans.
I joined this organization to help educate my son on the importance of history. During that time, we also participated in events involving the Sons of Confederate Veterans including the dedication of a monument to General James Longstreet at Gettysburg National Military Park.
My family was privileged enough to attend the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg two years ago, when the Sons of Union Veterans and Sons of Confederate Veterans stood shoulder-toshoulder to honor their ancestors. I can tell you with full confidence that this group of Southern gentlemen were not made up of haters but a group dedicated to honoring their ancestors and preserving history.
While I certainly understand the objection to a Confederate flag being flown over a state capitol building, it is pure stupidity to ban the sale of this flag at National Civil War battlefields, take down monuments dedicated to Confederate soldiers or rename military bases named in honor of these soldiers, because of the actions of a lunatic.
It seems to me our government bends over backward on a daily basis to tell us that the religion of Islam should not be judged as a whole based on the actions of radical Muslims. It is time to stop this madness of trying to be politically correct by rewriting or erasing history.
History is to be used to educate so mistakes of the past will not be repeated. If these individuals (many of them who cannot even tell you when the Civil War was fought) continue to try to divide Americans and this country for their own political agendas, then, unfortunately, a lesson in history has not been learned, and another Civil War could be in the making in the not-too-distant future.
Americans will not continue to have their rights trampled on day after day in this country without fighting back. I continue to pray it will not come to this.
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