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Here is the hard truth about Confederate statues that we all need to understand.

This meme says it all. And it’s an important thing to note about the growing debate over Confederate soldiers and how we view monuments dedicated to Civil War era veterans.

It reads in part:

“Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines that fought in the Civil War were made U.S. Veterans by an act of Congress in 1957, U.S. public law 85-425. Sec 410, approved 23 May 1958.”

So no matter where you stand on the Confederacy and the Civil War, just remember that everyone who fought, on both sides, are considered American veterans. And disrespecting a Civil War soldier on the Confederacy is the same as attacking a World War II veteran, according to U.S. law.

It continues and clarifies further:

Under U.S. public law 810, approved by the 17th Congress on 26 Feb 1929, the War Department was directed to erect headstones and recognize confederate grave sites as U.S. war grave sites.”

The U.S. Congress did this as a way to end the hatred and division stemming from the Civil War. They didn’t want the animus that is clearly still visible today to perpetuate. Sadly, it appears their efforts were in vain.

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The meme ends with this solemn note:

“Just for the record, the last Confederate veteran died in 1958. So, in essence, when you remove a confederate statue, monument or headstone, you are in fact removing a statue, monument, or headstone of a U.S. veteran.”

And that’s a lesson we all need to understand.

Bil Scherrer

Burlington

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