Sons of Confederate Veterans repairs soldier memorial

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 6:30 PM
Last updated 7:18 PM
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Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 158 raised and spent about $10,000 to repair and protect the Confederate Soldiers Memorial in downtown Augusta, according to Camp Commander Ron Udell.

The improvements include a chain guard installed around the monument this week in an effort to keep skateboarders out, Udell said.

"They've got no respect," he said. "We're just trying to do something to keep them off of it."

The monument, a 47-foot obelisk of Italian marble atop a 25-foot Georgia granite base, was dedicated in 1878.

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Jake 01/31/12 - 09:36 pm
I am all for preserving

I am all for preserving historical statues, monuments, etc. even if you don't believe in what they stand for. I went to Gettysburg a month ago and was inspired by the monuments there, from both the South and the North. Actually, the monument on Broad Street is more impressive than the one Georgia did for Gettysburg.

itsanotherday1 02/01/12 - 12:08 am
10-4 Jake. Men went to war

10-4 Jake. Men went to war over ideals and fought valiantly on both sides. The soldiers and supporters of both the North and South are the epitome of patriotism; so that is why we should leave monuments to both alone.

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