The era of Reconstruction was SUPPOSED to be for the purpose of rebuilding the South. Through all the hardships, Southerners stood strong. We have sent our people into war under the U.S. flag time and time again. Our blood has been shed. We took up the reins again and became leaders in the nation. We held onto family, faith and the principles of freedom. We have exercised our right to celebrate and remember our own history and culture. And, NOW, after all this time, we are expected to sit back and see it destroyed? Militant, violent, hate-filled groups not only despise our heritage, they despise this country, the Constitution, and our society as a whole. And, they hate YOU if you oppose them, no matter who you are!
Patton, MacArthur, Puller, Murphy, LeJeune, and Marshall all were descendants of Confederate soldiers. We tend to forget that so many of our WWI and WWII heroes were sons and grandsons of Confederates. It’s a disgrace to insult and malign the history and heritage of thousands of American families!
So-called American inclusivity, diversity, and equality must include ALL OF US! When we denigrate, lie about, and destroy the legacy of Confederate Americans, we are denigrating their families and our collective history. Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune was born on January 10, 1867 at the Old Hickory Plantation near Lacour, Louisiana in Pointe Coupee Parish. He was the son of Confederate Captain Ovide Lejeune of the 1st Louisiana Cavalry. He served in the Spanish-American War, Panama, Philippines, and in World War I. He died 20 November 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Legendary among Marines, he was often referred to as “the greatest of all Leathernecks”. Camp Lejeune, NC is named in his honor.
(He is pictured here while a Major General receiving the Cross of Military Service for WWI in December 1923 from retiring United Daughters of the Confederacy President, Mrs. Schuyler, in a service held in New York City.) ALL of our veterans deserve respect. What have you done to honor your own family’s military heroes? On this Veteran’s Day, don’t forget the Confederate veterans and their descendants who have boldly, proudly served.
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