Confederate ancestors deserve a place of honor

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I would like to congratulate the individuals who put together the Confederate Memorial Day event that held May 13 at the Maplewood Cemetery. It was an outstanding event that honored our Confederate soldiers.

I would like to encourage those individuals to continue this event each year. It is important that we do not forget our history. I have always been taught if you don’t remember where you came from, you will have a hard time in knowing where you are going.

I’m deeply troubled that some cities such as New Orleans and Fayetteville are removing Confederate statues. I would suggest that all true Southerners boycott those two cities. I would hope this practice will stop. If Confederate statues are going to be removed, then we should remove a statue of Martin Luther King each time a Confederate statue is removed. What is fair for the goose is fair for the gander, right?

North Carolina provided thousands of soldiers who fought in the war for Southern independence. Our history, which was written by Northerners, tries to imply that the war was fought over slavery. It was not. This terrible practice was already on the way out. In fact, the first slaves in the United States were in the Northern states.

The war was fought over the fact the South was being overtaxed and not being governed by the Constitution as intended. In fact, Lincoln could not muster an army until he made slavery the issue. I am proud of the fact that I had ancestors who fought in the war for Southern independence. We who have ancestors who fought in the war should have the right to honor them and to remember them. I fly a Confederate flag every day, along with the American flag, and I am proud of them both.

I’m a Tar Heel born and a Tar Heel bred, and when I die, I’ll be a Tar Heel dead. God bless America in Jesus’ name.

A.J. Verricchia