Can’t change monument’s story

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To the Editor:

With regard to the Civil War memorial in Oak Bluffs, I don’t care if the words go or stay. Removing the plaque won’t change the story, though, plinths made blank don’t take it back.

We’ll ask, Who’s that soldier, and why face the dawn, hand over muzzle? Is the chasm really closed? To die a patriot against patriots, a puzzle we have not solved yet. Brother and brother, those freed not free, disowned by ourselves and each other.

 

Bruce Nevin
Edgartown