Opinion: Some memorials are to remind us of our flaws


This past Memorial Day weekend, Americans across the country gathered to remember friends, colleagues, comrades and, yes, heroes who have died in service to this country.

There were moments of silence, parades and, in some cases, ceremonies around memorials dedicated to veterans of the United States of America. However, there was a story about memorials that likely garnered little notice here in Oregon. In a meeting late last month, board members of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association in Georgia voted unanimously to begin changing what had once been a monument to the Confederacy to a more accurate historical memorial.