It’s been called a rock, a symbol of hate, and a piece of history. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s gaining attention amongst local officials as they decide the future of monument.
The reason is that the monument honors Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederate States of America. Some residents believe strongly in removing a symbol of slavery from Washington Park.
Now the city of Brownsville invites local veterans for their opinion.
Roger Garcia, Warriors United in Arms, “After all the discussion, with all 3 groups that are represented here, the American Legion, the VFW, and the Warriors United in Arms, we still haven’t decided.”
Earlier this year there were conversations about moving the monument to Brownsville’s Veteran’s Park. However, some veterans are passionate about excluding the monument there. That’s because the requirements to be honored at Veteran’s Park ask that the person, be a Brownsville resident or reside in Brownsville at the time of enlisting.
Pablo Villarreal Jr. “It was there for ages and nobody ever questioned it until somebody came around and said it’s offensive.”
It may take a long time before we know the fate of this monument. As of now, there is no confirmation of the next date for the next meeting, nor who the city will be reaching out to next. In almost 3 years since the discussion first started, this is the first time the veterans are invited into this conversation.
Tony Garcia, Warriors United in Arms, “It’s just a plaque mounted on a rock, nobody should be offended by it.”
For now, the veterans must retreat and they plan to make a decision in their respective organization’s meetings before presenting an official stance before city commission.
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