Monday, May 29, 2017

Honoring Robert E. Lee on Memorial Day

"The first official Memorial Day observation (then called Decoration Day) was held on May 30, 1868 at the former mansion of Robert E. Lee in Arlington, Virginia.
Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
There were no “foreign” soldiers honored in that first solemn ceremony, since both Union and Confederate soldiers, dead in battle, were Americans."

Read more... at The Resurgent by Steve Berman.

All of you safe space people and revisionists need to remember that as you move our Confederate War Memorials to pretend that the Civil War never happened.

As the Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln ended the civil war, read this great article on why this is all happening


Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing this ,Lynn. Maybe the leftist fascists in this country can learn something.

Anonymous said...

the worst president [Obama] of our country wants to be remembered for all time than leave our Robert e lees alone.they did more for our country no matter if it was right or wrong.remember our soldiers

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, Robert E. Lee was the better man, and would have made a better president. The idea that Lincoln has been lauded all of these years, after having condemned hundreds of thousands of men to their deaths, disqualifies him from all the tribute that has been bestowed upon him all of these years. As far as the country is concerned, we would probably have been better off if the Union had split into two countries. God knows, it is big enough. Do yourself a favor and look up Ann Coulter's quote about the Confederate Army, if you want to learn something about history.

Gretchen said...

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu offered an eloquent explanation about why, for some, these statues are offensive to many in the community...

"These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for. After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone's lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city. Should you have further doubt about the true goals of the Confederacy, in the very weeks before the war broke out, the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, made it clear that the Confederate cause was about maintaining slavery and white supremacy."

Sometimes learning means listening, reading and educating oneself about history. Doesn't mean that you have to accept it all, but it does give one some understanding as to how the other side may feel and makes it less likely that things dissolve into name-calling shouting matches.

Lynn Anderson said...

Ok--you gave a quote from a Democrat.
How about one from a Republican?
What about one from an historian?

The North had slave owners too.
Blacks were slave owners themselves.
Blacks even brought them here from Africa.

But who cares. This is our history.
That was then.
This is now. History--the past can't hurt anyone...unless you're some wimp who needs a safe space.

Anonymous said...

The Confederacy seceded from the United States, they were not United States soldiers and officers. They were in essence traitors, they lost all claim to honors in the United States by that act.

Plus they lost.

Where are there monuments to traitors?

Gretchen said...

I remember a day not so long ago where you lectured others in the comments section about not calling other people names. And yet...

Believe what you want. This is America. I posted this to offer a different and historical perspective on the issue. Hopefully, the people who are really interested in intellectually looking at the issue instead of making it solely about politics will come to their own conclusions without being ugly about it.

Lynn Anderson said...

Ah gee, did I call you a name? Sorry about that 2:25. You are one of those people who could twist a pretzel out of shape and still call it a pretzel, if you get my drift. Knowing that you believe you are far superior to any conservative alive, all I can say is perhaps your intellectual friends will come to your conclusion. And perhaps they won't.

Taking down monuments to Confederate soldiers is all about power and control. And of course, bull shit. Is that intellectual enough for ya?

Anonymous said...

Gretchen, I'm not particularly interested in what one modern day politician said about some outliers back in the day. You should do some reading about how the north treated the south when the war was over. The carpetbaggers and all manner of vermin who exploited even further the ravaged citizens of the south. But when we defeated the Germans in 1945, (with Russia's help) we built the country up with the Marshall plan. (Even though there were worms in the beans we sent them), it was way more than we did for the south. If you don't like to read, just watch, "The Outlaw Josey Wales." And maybe you didn't know about Sherman's "March to the Sea."

Gretchen said...

I'm sorry. I thought I was contributing information to a post. I don't think I'm any better than anyone else so I apologize if I am came across as a know-it-all.

I don't know why but people seem very angry here. This stuff isn't worth it. And if you think it is, one day you'll find yourself all alone, watching the sun go up and go down with each day marked by who you hated on in the last few hours.

God bless all of you. Go in peace.

Lynn Anderson said...

If people come across "angry" it is because of all the Trump bashers and haters around here.

We don't hate anyone...just standing up for the president So, all 63 million of us will be "alone" watching the sun go up, or down, whatever.

Anonymous said...

Gretchen, it's a current events blog, not a self-help group!