Following the events and the aftermath of the violent Charlottesville protests, public outrage is pressuring Hollywood Forever Cemetery to remove a 6-foot monument of Confederate war veterans from the Pacific region.
The monument has served as the centerpiece of Confederate memorial events for decades, with no flags allowed. Now, the cemetery is considering the legal aspects of removing it.
“We received the most calls from people wanting the monument taken down,” Tyler Cassity, president and co-owner of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery said. “We explained to them we were researching the legal aspects of it.”
Since the cemetery’s explanation, some have threatened to remove the monument on their own.
“Some people said, ‘if you don’ take it down, we will,'” Cassity said.
The monument has been subject to vandalism recently, with the word ‘no’ written across it in black marker, according to Cassity.
The cemetery’s president contacted the Daughters of the Confederacy, owners of the monument who agreed to its removal, about the vandalism.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery plans to put the monument into storage on Wednesday.