150th Anniversary of American Civil War: Commemoration or Celibration?

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    FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT, S.C. — Somber period music, flickering candlelight and booming cannons will usher in the nation’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

    The opening salvo of that war that began in Charleston Harbor will be recreated Tuesday. The war began before dawn on April 12, 1861, with the start of a Confederate bombardment of Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The conflict ended four years later with the surrender of Confederate forces in Virginia on April 9, 1865.

    “We’re very clear we don’t see this as a celebration but rather as a somber time,” Tim Stone, the superintendent of the Fort Sumter National Monument said Monday. “We know that over the course of the four years of the Civil War 600,000 lives were lost. It’s a very tragic event.” AP

    150th: commemoration, not celebration - Chicago Sun-Times

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    The "South" alone could beat the crap out of the invading Mexicans and reclaim the United States for all Americans.

    WHAT WOULD ROBERT E. LEE DO?

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    Hold on to all of that Confederate money. South's gonna rise again!
     
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    Commemoration. How could a time when a brother fought against brother be a celebration? How can we celebrate Americans taking American lives. The war between the States is an example of what happens when politicos cannot work together for the betterment of the country and let their pride goad them into armed disagreement. This time period may have forged a stronger country in the long run but the cost ...

    And let us not forget that the slaves were set free because of this conflict, but the celebration of the emancipation proclamation is a separate day and that will have its celebration.

    We glorify the battles and military leaders in that war in books and movies, the flag of the Confederates still flies over not just the south but all over the north. A commemoration is a time, not to set blame or hate, but to remember all of those sons of America who died, not just those who fought to keep the union together but those sons who fought for their states and the Confederacy. They were all brave men who gave up their lives or limbs, for something they believed in.

    May God bless their souls.

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    To me it's a commemoration. As President Lincoln indicated during his famous speech at Gettysburg, there is nothing that we can do to hallow the ground those men fought on and over any more than their blood and sweat already has. All we can do is remember their courage, their heroism, and their sacrifices for the causes they believe in.

    We do not celebrate the dead. Especially since many of us still believe the wrong side won the war.
     
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    It is the defining event in American history and made the country what it is today
     
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    I live about 15 miles from Gettysburg. My wife and I have been all over the battle fields but we've never attended any of the re-enactments. There's just too much traffic.

    I work with a guy that owns a couple of horses and participates in quite a few re-enactments all over the south. He was an extra in the movies "Gods and Generals" and "Gettysburg".
     
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    Very true, and not neccesarily in a positive way.
     
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    That war defined this nation, for better and worse. Whatever good may eventually have come of it, the War Between the States (the proper and most accurate name for it) was our greatest national tragedy. We cannot celebrate such a thing, but I hope we take some time over these next four years to solemnly contemplate it. I hope we remember the honor, valor and sacrifice of the men who fought on BOTH sides of the conflict;in the end, those are all good that is in any war; there is no glory in it-not then, not now.

    America, for all it has accomplished since, is as bitterly divided as it was then. Our ancestors might not recognize some of the reasons, but they would know the sentiments very well. I read somewhere, that the majority of Americans today are descended from people who came to this country well after that terrible conflict had ended. That makes it all the more important, that we remember the terrible cost of submitting our differences to the arbitrament of the sword. Let us all pray, that it never comes to that again.
     
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    The rich won. They always win.
     
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    They already would have if they would stop making babies with there sisters and drinkin' the shine.
     

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