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Confederate monuments at National Park Service sites get a reprieve

Confederate monuments at National Park Service sites get a reprieve
Confederate symbols immortalized in bronze at National Park Service sites dodged a bullet this week. The final version of the fiscal 2021 spending package excluded language pushed by House Democrats that would remove the monuments from those sites.

Confederate monuments at National Park Service sites get a reprieve The Alabama memorial at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Confederate symbols immortalized in bronze at National Park Service sites dodged a bullet this week.” At the heart of the issue are National Park Service sites commemorating Civil War battlefields such as Gettysburg that include monuments honoring Confederate soldiers who fought and died there.Language in an appropriations package passed by the House earlier this year that included Interior-Environment spending and other measures would require the National Park Service to “remove from display all physical Confederate commemorative works, such as statues, monuments, sculptures, memorials, and plaques” within 180 days.

“I think all those Confederate monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals, etc.“If enacted, this provision would effectively remove the names from the headstones of thousands of soldiers and civilians who died in one of the most decisive battles in Civil War history,” Hyde-Smith said, according to the newspaper.

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