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Arizona veterans send letter to Ducey to remove Confederate monuments

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PHOENIX – More than 200 veterans signed and sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey Wednesday calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the state.

The group calls for the removal of all Confederate statues and monuments in the state, starting with the monument at the Wesley Bolin Plaza across from the Arizona Capitol building.

“These monuments dishonor and disrespect all of the African-American heroes that have served the United States in every war since the American Revolution,” the letter said.

“Today’s Armed Forces represent the most diverse institution in our country and these monuments dishonor all of those currently serving.”

The group also urged Ducey to call a special legislative session to address law enforcement reform in Arizona.

Veterans gathered at the capitol June 24 at the Confederate monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza to call for its removal then.

Amid clashes in 2017 over Confederate monuments across the country, Ducey said it was not his desire or mission to tear down any monuments or memorials.

Confederate monuments have been coming down around the country in recent weeks following protests of racial injustice and police brutality.

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