ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia county recently rededicated two Confederate monuments after relocating them from a downtown courthouse lawn to make way for construction.
A ceremony was held Friday at a new park in Abingdon that was paid for by community donations, the Bristol Herald-Courier reported. One marker honors local Civil War generals. The other is a statue of a soldier holding a rifle.
The dedication included an honor guard and a gun salute, according to TV station WCYB, with some attendees dressed in period attire.
Many communities across Virginia have been removing Confederate monuments since the General Assembly gave them the ability to do so in 2020.