Washington & Lee Insulted Lee’s Memory

Posted: July 25, 2014

I rarely agree with editorials in the DN-R but I believe the recent editorial about Washington & Lee is right on the mark (“PC Madness Continues,” July 15). It criticized the university’s decision to remove Confederate flags from the Lee chapel on the campus.

The university has also decided to apologize for the fact that the university owned slaves in the 1800s. Apologizing for an action that took place so long ago seems unnecessary. Displaying the Confederate flag can be understandably quite offensive to some, but it is hard to imagine a more appropriate place to display the flag than at a chapel dedicated to the memory of General Robert E. Lee, who commanded a Confederate army.

The university’s decision is an insult to his memory.

Ben Fordney
Harrisonburg