Letter: Rededicating ‘Fame’ to all veterans could help
Although there have been many suggestions made concerning the monument “Fame”, I would like to add my own.
The statue is such a beautiful artistic piece. It would be a shame to move or replace it with another. The words which continue to divide us have to do with the confederacy. There could be a new dedication ceremony at the statue with the mayor and representatives = of the NAACP, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and veteran from recent wars — World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and others) attending and /or participating. The current declaration would have to be removed by sandblasting or taken down by other means.
The new words would refer to the fallen of all wars. The angel holding the soldier would remain at its present location to be admired by all of the citizens. Yes, those of us who love it for its beauty and those who hate it for what it represented, will have to swallow our pride and come together as one.
In time, those after us will recognize it only for the new words. “Fame” would be something about which all of which Salisbury could be proud.
— Julie S. Cline