We were traveling through Alabama and saw a sign for a side trip to a Confederate Memorial Park, so the decision was made to stop. The park was about a soldier’s home which was opened to Confederate veterans in 1902. The soldiers who lived there could no longer live on their pension funds. I was impressed with the history of the park, for what it stood for and for the state of Alabama to have open such a wonderful historical place. A Capt. Jefferson Manly Falkner owned 80 acres and donated the acreage for the soldiers to live out their lives in peace and dignity.
As we were going through the museum, a quote that was said by Capt. Jefferson Manly Falkner really caught my attention. He wrote this: “A land without monuments is a land without heroes,” and that is the point of this letter. We are allowing many monuments to be taken down because people object to what they stand for, but in reality, we are distorting what is the history of our nation and we will soon become a nation that is no longer. This is a very sad precedent we are setting for future generations. We need to teach old history along with the new history so that our nation can grow to be great again. Without the old, the new means nothing. We need both to continue to grow.