CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- On Monday many protesters came to Lee Park to rally against Charlottesville City Council members' push to rename Lee Park as well as removing the Robert E. Lee statue.
A press conference was put together by the Virginia Flaggers. The group feels that Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy and Councilor Kristin Szakos are wasting taxpayers' money and time by proposing the idea to remove the monument. They also say it's a violation of Virginia State Law.
"He's a veteran," said Barry Isenhour of the Virginia Flaggers. "And that's very important. Second of all it's a part of our history of Virginia, and he was called by the state of Virginia to defend Virginia and is a U.S. veteran and of course a confederate veteran. After the war, he helped to restore Washington College, which we now call Washington Lee. So it's really about respecting the past, and there's no reason why it needs to be moved."
Some responded to the comments that Robert E. Lee had no ties to Charlottesville. Demonstrators felt that even though Lee never came to Charlottesville, there were many men under his command who did. They say that tearing down the statue is removing history.
On Monday, the Charlottesville City Council will address the potential Blue Ribbon Commission to discuss race, monuments, and public spaces.
There is also a petition to save the Robert E. Lee monument. If you wish to read or sign the petition, click on the link alongside this story.