#Local Government
Cape Girardeau City Council
United States of America

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Monuments and memorials provide important links to our past. Dedicated in 1931 by members of the Cape Girardeau Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Confederate monument in Cape Girardeau was erected to honor the memory of individuals from Southeast Missouri who fought in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America.

An activist local to Cape Girardeau has recently created a petition "demanding" the immediate removal of this monument.

We, the undersigned, oppose the removal or destruction of the Confederate monument and/or any other monument located at Ivers Square at the Common Pleas Courthouse in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Today, regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the individuals who lived and/or the events that occurred before, during, or after the American Civil War / War Between the States, these individuals and events necessarily and critically inform our understanding of local, state, and national history. Monuments provide us with an important opportunity to reflect on where we as a nation have come from, and where we as a nation are going.

Our recognition of the historic significance of monuments erected in memory of individuals and events on both sides of that conflict leads us to, in the strongest possible terms, oppose their removal from the public square -- both now and in the future.

The Oppose Removal of the Confederate Monument in Cape Girardeau, Missouri petition to Cape Girardeau City Council was written by Erin and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.