War veterans; removal or upkeep of monument or memorial. (HB2377)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Memorials for war veterans. Provides that a locality may remove or provide for the upkeep, maintenance, or contextualization of any monument or memorial for war veterans located in its public space, regardless of when erected. Current law makes it unlawful to disturb or interfere with such monuments or memorials or to prevent citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation, and care of such monuments or memorials. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102624D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/14/2019Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
01/17/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2377)
01/30/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2019Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 6-N)
02/05/2019Left in Counties, Cities and Towns


Beth White writes:

Please be advised that this language indicates ALL war monuments which includes American Revolution through present day. Although Mr. Toscano's intent is specifically towards Concederate monuments, the language included in the very first sentence states only "war monuments". Sir, this is cowardice and disgrace at its finest. Will you also tear down all statues and memorials?

Mark R Day writes:

This bill should be er clear committee. The author has submitted a bill, which would give unlimited and uncontrolled authority to an city, town, or county to remove any and all war memorials and monuments regardless of the timeframe, war, or provenance of the memorial or monument. Such a broadly written bill could allow the removal of statuary monuments or memorial plaques / tablets such as those honoring our founding fathers who owned slaves, early pioneers who battled indigenous populations, war hero's from all wars, some of which were unpopular or seen as imperialist. Is it right that a city of town council along with a county board of supervisors can use monuments as a pawn to create political issues for party purposes. Many cities and localities in our state rely on the historic sites and memorials to draw tourism. Thus bill may well have an adverse effect on that tourism. Who determines what is proper and what us improper; the politicians? Will the law be applied fairly and without bias to any request to remove what some group in a community sees as offensive, or will it be arbitrarily applied by a small group of leaders, without any input from the people of not only their local community but those area immediately surrounding them, who could be adversely affected or have differing views on the object in question.

Deborah Martin writes:

It does not matter that you like it or not memorials, monuments, plaques, documents and other historical items should not be dismissed any more than family items we keep from the past. They tell the story of our local, state and national history. We need to grow from it, not try to pretend the past did not happen. Grow up, learn to except the past and make a better future for those who come after us with the way we live and treat others not like us. The past is the best teaching tool we have. Open your minds, embrace the past and try to understand how others were living at another time. If we do this it will give us courage to change and make the future better.

Nathan Shurte writes:

I'm pretty sure that in Germany they don't have state-protected statues up for a certain population of "war veterans".