Leftist protesters are demanding the erasure of our history and the destruction of Confederate monuments in the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Virginia protests that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Hyer.
While municipalities across the nation are bowing to left wing protesters, and are scheduling the removal of Civil War monuments, The National Park Service (NPS) refuses to budge. The service says they will not remove any Confederate monuments from Gettysburg National Military Park. “The National Park Service is committed to safeguarding these unique and site-specific memorials in perpetuity,” said a spokesperson, according to Penn Live.
“These memorials, erected predominantly in the early and mid-20th century, are an important part of the cultural landscape.” Said Katie Lawhon, the Gettysburg National Military Park spokeswoman.
She added that our history can be preserved “while simultaneously interpreting holistically and objectively the actions, motivations, and causes of the soldiers and states they commemorate.”
Gettysburg National Military Park was dedicated in memorial to one of the most important battles of the Civil War. The national park features over 1,300 plaques and monuments honoring the brave sacrifice of all Americans who died in the war that claimed more American lives than any other.
Lawhon explains that the parks “memorialize the men who fought and died during the battle of Gettysburg and continue to reflect how that battle has been remembered by different generations of Americans. Many of these memorials honor Southern states whose men served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.”
The battlefield park features Confederate flags and a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, similar to the statue on display in Emancipation Park, Virginia. The planned removal of the Charlottesville statue was the catalyst for the widespread protests in Virginia.
Despite this, The National Park Services say they have not received any new requests to take down their statues. However, the NPS makes it clear that they would not comply with any request to tear down our history.
President Trump agrees with the National Park Services, and released a series of tweets on Thursday decrying the destruction of monuments. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”
Unfortunately, local governments across the nation do not maintain the same commitment to preserving our history. Officials in Baltimore, Lexington, New Orleans, and Jacksonville are accelerating the process of removing Civil War monuments.
However, the recent push to eliminate our history appears to be an entirely partisan issue. Digging into our history reveals stains on almost all American heroes, and as President Trump points out, even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves.
Undermining the legacy of our founding fathers is the first step towards eroding the importance of our foundational document. If George Washington can be erased from history because he did not conform to modern moral standards then what is stopping progressives from erasing the Constitution?