Sanitizing history with removal of memorial from Arlington Cemetery

Memorial-removed-Arlington-Cemetery ©AP Photo/Kevin Wolf Workers prepare a Confederate Memorial for removal in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 in Arlington, Va.

Important Takeaways:

  • Arlington Cemetery Confederate Memorial to Be Removed After Temporary Pause
  • A federal judge on Tuesday granted the removal of a Confederate memorial at Arlington Cemetery after a temporary restraining order blocked efforts to take it down for one day.
  • U.S. District Court Judge Rossie David Alston Jr. said he saw “no desecration of any graves” while visiting the site, per the Associated Press, and ruled that arguments nearby graves were in danger of being damaged were “misinformed or misleading.”
  • Following Tuesday’s ruling, a cemetery spokesperson said the Army plans to resume removing the memorial immediately.
  • The removal part of a national effort to get rid of confederate symbols from military-related spaces was slated to go ahead despite pushback from some Republican lawmakers.
  • Last week, 44 lawmakers, led by Georgia Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanding the Reconciliation Monument be kept, Fox News reported.
  • Clyde said the monument, “does not honor nor commemorate the Confederacy; the memorial commemorates reconciliation and national unity.”

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