Lincoln Memorial Vandalized
To the Editor:
It bothers me when I see others vandalize monuments, memorials, statues & headstones when they do not agree with what they stand for or, what the vandals think they symbolize. Some person, group or taxpayer paid money to have them made, erected & maintained. With this said, I hope they catch & punish those who vandalized Lincoln`s Monument in Washington D,C, even though most of my ancestors fought for the Confederacy.
I`m no fan of Lincoln as he trashed the U.S. Constitution to keep the South in the Union by force. However, with the unwarranted desecration of his monument this opens up the discussion that no monument should be vandalized because of an individual’s belief about that person real or imagined.
Southern heritage/genealogy organizations have had these problems for decades over trying to keep & maintain Confederate monuments memorials, statues & gravestones. We do not desecrate those of others & wish they would give ours the same respect & consideration.
At present there are two such incidences taking place in the South today. The Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest monument in Selma Alabama & the equestrian one of him in Memphis Tennessee. In America there should be room for everyone’s hero`s.
Besides, a person or persons who would commit this type of desecration is on the same lowest level as that of a grave robber trying to remove any evidence of another person’s existence.
Billy E. Price
Ashville, Al.