Monday, October 1, 2012

Veterans Memorial In Danger

Another Veterans Memorial is in danger and facing possible court action. Might it have to moved?

This time it is a tribute to WWI veterans who gave their lives for our country. The memorial is
facing the same old problems that have beset other memorials. Some people just do not like
it and are attempting to have it removed, citing separation of church and state.


In Blandensburg, Maryland the  forty foot tall Memorial Peace Cross is a well know landmark that has 
stood for over 85 years.

The monument honors 49 men from Prince George's County that lost their lives in WWI, the cross
was dedicated July 13, 1925 by Snyder-Farmer Post of the American Legion.

The Cross sits at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Annapolis Road, which places it on state
property. 

A group based in Washington,  The American Humanist Association, wants to have the memorial
removed. Claiming a religious image on public land violates the principle of separation of church
and state under the constitution. 

Veterans organizations and some civic groups are fighting to keep the Memorial standing where it
is. The local park and planning commission is researching the legal issues.

The Cross has a large gold star in the middle, around the base are the words Valor, Endurance, Courage,
Devotion. Also are inscribe the names of the 49 Heroes. A bronze tablet contains the famous quote
by Woodrow Wilson: "The right is more precious than peace. We shall fight for the things we always
carried nearest our hearts. To such a task we dedicate our lives."

Standing tall in memory, it is close to the WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials and the heart
of our nation. 

So it continues, the attack on our veterans, our heroes and our memories. We can not just sit by
and watch as more freedoms are take away.

Wake up America before it is too late


---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996