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Monument to Union soldiers honors beliefs

The Sons of Confederate Veterans' monument that is to be built on the Lawrence County Courthouse square will be just another skirmish in the war that will never end.

But the one "The Friendly Five" from North Courtland has permission to erect will be a bit out of the ordinary here in Dixie. It will be to honor Union soldiers.

Brenda Hampton won County Commission approval this week for her group to put up a monument to Lawrence County soldiers, black and white, who fought with the Union and against the Confederacy.

Sons of Confederate Veterans rekindled feelings about the war and slavery last year when they received County Commission permission to honor Confederate soldiers who fought against what the group believes was Northern aggression.

"The Friendly Five" doesn't sound like a group with the Confederate group's deep pockets or its vast network of compatriots as the group goes about raising money for the monument. Hopefully, what the women want to achieve will overcome that handicap and attract the money needed for an impressive monument that will be a credit to Lawrence County and Alabama.

People on both sides of the Civil War fought and died for their beliefs. Lawrence County families had some soldiers wearing blue and some wearing gray. Their descendants continue to make Lawrence County their home.

American tradition cherishes the memory of soldiers who die for their country. This monument will be in that tradition while helping to ease racial tensions that justifiably link racism to the Confederacy.

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