In my comments at Ipse Dixit that I mentioned yesterday and my citation of Kevin Drum's timeline of Bush's recent actions regarding racial issues, I pointed out Bush's commemoration of Confederate war dead, believing it was a resumption of a discontinued tradition based on a Time magazine article.
In the Ipse Dixit comment thread, Bret pointed out a correction Time ran that I was previously unaware of; it indicates that, contrary to the original story, Bush did not resume a discontinued tradition, but rather simply continued a tradition--observed by both his father and Bill Clinton--of placing a wreath at the Confederate memorial in Arlington Cemetery. Bush I changed the date of the observance from Jefferson Davis' birthday to Memorial Day, and both Clinton and Bush II have observed the changed date.
Say what you will about the Civil War, the soldiers on both sides--like those in wars previous and subsequent--were not personally responsible for the policies of their governments. While commemorating war dead can still carry a political charge--as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi recently learned--I think it's appropriate to acknowledge the humans who died on both sides. Indeed, doing so is a tacit acknowledgement that national conflicts are among political systems, not individuals, and yet it's individuals who suffer and die.