Friday, April 24, 2015
Message Regarding the St. Louis Monument From Mo Division Commander Maples
A bit of an update this morning. Quite a day yesterday, indeed. I have spoken with National Heritage Defense Chairman Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard days), and he was already aware of this and of course in our corner. He is going to try to submit an "op-ed" to the St. Louis Post Dispatch for starters, and will also stay on this and continue to be in contact with me. I have also been in contact with our own Heritage Defense Chairman - Bob Arnold, who is living in the St. Louis area. Bob is very well versed with the politics of St. Louis, and is a Confederate "guru" so to speak. We are fortunate to have him. Bob has informed me that the so called committee is most likely a "kangaroo court" and in his opinion, these folks have most likely already formed their opinions, etc. No surprise there, right? Bob has also given me some excellent advice and will be at my side as I deal with this. Today, I will be calling the Mayors office, and I am requesting a meeting with him. I have already sent an email requesting the meeting, but have not heard back as of yet. I am also going to request that WE, the Missouri SCV be included on his committee. As descendants of the Confederate soldiers represented on the monument, we have a right to be included on any committee regarding them. We will see just what the Mayor's response will be.
I am confident that threatening the Mayor's office will be of no good. That's what they want. So let us be careful in our words and in our deeds. We have only begun to fight, and I again ask for your prayers as I deal with these people of no common sense. We will be using our social media outlets and everything we have at our disposal to resist this.
Darrell Maples - Commander
Missouri Division - SCV