September 28, 2023

Removing the Reconciliation Monument From Arlington Cemetery—Illegal and a Disgrace

Ann H. McLean and Scott S. Powell


Why should Americans oppose the decision of the now disbanded Congressional Naming Commission to remove from Arlington Cemetery the Moses Ezekiel Reconciliation Monument—one of the greatest works of art in that hallowed ground?

A fundamental reason to halt the monument’s removal is found in its 1914 unveiling proclamation, titled “Closing a Chapter,” by President Woodrow Wilson. In that ceremony, he said, “I am privileged for the time to represent, this emblem of a reunited people ... knowing, as we have shed our blood upon opposite sides, we now face and admire one another.”

Ann H. McLean, a UVA Ph.D. serves on The Jefferson Council, The Virginia Council, and the Republic of Virginia preservation groups. Scott S. Powell is senior fellow at Discovery Institute, a member of the Committee on the Present Danger—China and author of a recent bestselling new release, Rediscovering America.

Originally published in The Epoch Times.
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