The leftist thugs announced in advance their plan to march on the Gettysburg National Park on July 1 to burn Confederate flags and desecrate battlefield markers.
Taking its brand of domestic terrorism to a new level, the Antifa thugs are billing their July 1 action as a protest against President Donald Trump and part of a budding national campaign to obliterate any recognition of the Confederacy.
Because the Gettysburg National Battlefield is a federal park, protesters would need a permit to hold any type of rally or organized protest. It’s most unlikely such a permit would be granted for July 1, which is the 154th anniversary of the start of the three-day battle that changed the course of the war.
During the three-day battle, about 165,000 soldiers clashed in and around the small town of Gettysburg. When the Battle of Gettysburg was over on July 3, 1863, 51,000 soldiers were casualties (killed, wounded, captured or missing) in what remains the largest battle ever fought in North America.”
Visitors to the park can find approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials to the troops on both sides who fought there. Any vandalism or desecration of these historical items would be a federal crime.
In its call to supporters, Antifa asks them to bring and burn Confederate flags. It also called its followers to find and desecrate local graves of Confederate soldiers. The group has no hesitation to announce its intended crimes in advance.
What the anti-Confederate activists fail to respect is that those graves represent the ancestors of millions of Americans who took up arms because of their belief that their homeland was a separate nation, The Confederate States of America (CSA), which had been invaded by a foreign power, The United States of America. Most of those fighting for the South were not slaveowners.
It’s customary for people to honor their ancestors and forebears, and to understand the history that shaped their lives. History teaches a great deal about right and wrong, and, how people and countries can redeem themselves.
Obliterating the past and erasing its lessons serves no good purpose. It’s something we’ve seen in recent history from such extreme ideologies as communism and radical Islam.
Those of you who’ve never visited Gettysburg should put it on your bucket list. It’s a sobering reminder of the carnage that can occur in war, as well as recognition of the courage and sacrifice that everyday people make to preserve their way of life.
It’s also the site of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, delivered at the dedication of the national cemetery on November 19, 1863, in which he said:
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Lincoln was speaking of all the dead, Union and Confederate. Those who would desecrate their memory deserve the utmost level of scorn.
Source: Harrisburg 100