Please join me and send Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin a letter requesting that he proclaim June 22 Confederate Veterans Day. This is the 150th anniversary of West Virginia being a state, and we were formed during the War Between the States.
It is time to honor these men.
I know not everyone will agree because anything Confederate is linked with slavery.
When I was in the State Police Academy, I had an instructor whose favorite word was "reasonable."
Is it reasonable to believe that of the hundreds of thousands of men who fought and died for the Confederacy, all were fighting to preserve slavery?
The greatest percentage were like my Confederate ancestors, poor farmers who left their homes and families to protect them from the Northern invaders.
These men left to fight for their native Virginia, but returned as West Virginians. They forgot their differences and worked to make West Virginia and the United States what it is today.
They were not criminals or traitors and should not be treated as such. They were not considered as such when they fought the British in the Revolutionary War.