Confederate Memorial Day marked at Arlington


By The Associated Press

The United Daughters of the Confederacy are marking Confederate Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Richmond-based group has events scheduled Sunday morning and afternoon at the Confederate Monument on the cemetery grounds.

The monument at Arlington dates to 1914 and it remains a controversial landmark.

American presidents have traditionally marked the day by sending a wreath to the site. In 2009, several dozen university professors and scholars asked President Barack Obama to end the tradition, which they considered offensive.

Obama refused but began another tradition of also sending a presidential wreath to a Washington monument honoring African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.

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