To the Editor,

Perhaps it's due to my generation, education, sense of history some unspecified character flaw, but the destruction of Confederate Statues is beyond comprehension and exceptionally loathsome.

Like it or not, history will remain unchanged and the North/South Conflict (nothing civil about it) is a part of who we are and forever will be.

Should all memorials, plaques, remembrances of any kind be obliterated if even one person is offended?

Refusal to learn from history creates an ideal environment for repeat.

Our future, as a free nation, depends on the values of our young. Will it be truth, integrity, forgiveness, compassion or selfishness, cynicism, laziness and evil?

Parents, teach your children well how to become good citizens by being one. Smile, say please and thank you, drive courteously, small things but children learn by example. And thank God we live in the greatest country in the world.

Parents, teach your children well how to become good citizens and respect the values on which our nation was founded. Truth, honesty, fairness, integrity, humility, compassion, forgiveness, politeness and the list continues. The youth are the future of our nation and the values they embrace will determine our fate.

May God have mercy on us all.

Gary Freeman

North Myrtle Beach

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