The Washington Post

Monuments are for heroes


Regarding the Sept. 9 Metro article “Huge Confederat­e general statue removed in Virginia”:

Once upon a time, I believed removing statues was tantamount to revising history books. Now I realize that history books are for facts, but monuments are for heroes. Confederat­e Gen. Robert E. Lee seems to qualify as an honorable person, but he chose the wrong ideology. His goal was inimical to the United States’ vision. He belongs in history, as do all Confederat­es, but not venerated as a hero. Instead, his name, and the places where his statues were, should remind us of all the lives and injuries that were required to shed the ancient practice of slavery, and the legacy of injustice that had occurred and continues.

George Lambert, Anne Arundel

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