If this issue hasn’t already become too inflamed, I’d like to propose a solution for Augusta’s Civil War monument.
As it stands, this monument clearly was intended not so much to glorify the cause of the antebellum South. It was intended to be – and is – a memorial to those who died for what they believed.
The only aspect of the monument that is completely offensive and unacceptable is the inscription that reads “No nation ever rose … so pure of crime.” I propose that this inscription be covered with a bronze plaque with a new inscription that will enable the monument to transcend its original purpose, while still serving as a memorial.
I suggest words to this effect:
“Through the crucible of war and its terrible sacrifices, there arose over the years a new South, on a better path, and a singular United States of America, stronger than ever, and truly committed to the highest ideals of our forebears.”
Terence “Terry” Smith