From Conservative Tribune: Heaven forbid liberals be reminded about our military’s sacrifice for their freedom…
In Milford, MI, a local veterans group wants to complete their current Veteran’s Memorial with a fallen soldier monument but the Town Council is concerned that it is inappropriate.
The piece, commonly referred to as a battle cross, is an 8-foot monument featuring a pair of boots, an M-16 rifle, helmet and dog tags. Some on the Village Council are concerned it is inappropriate for this location.
Bear Hall, founder of the local Friends of American Veterans, approached the city council earlier this month with plans for this monument to be added to the existing Veterans Memorial in Milford’s Central Park.
It’s the gun which concerns so many people.
The commissioners, said Village Manager Christian Wuerth says, “There was some concern from a couple of members regarding the specific memorial that’s proposed. Specifically, the gun. They understood the history of (the memorial) and the meaning of it, they just didn’t feel it was appropriate for that specific location.”
Several members of the Village Council agreed.
Council President, Jerry Aubrey, isn’t opposed to the fallen soldier monument itself, he says, but rather its proposed location as the focal point of Milford’s Central Park.
“I don’t think it needs to be a center point of our Central Park,” Aubry said. “The boots, the machine gun, the helmet; I understand it should be there somewhere, but I don’t think it should be right in the middle of the park.”
Councilwoman Jennifer Frankford disagrees.
“If it wasn’t for the boots and the gun and the helmet, we wouldn’t have all the freedoms we have,” she said.
Said to date back to the Civil War, when it was used to identify bodies on the battlefield, the battlefield cross has become an important way for U.S. soldiers to honor their fallen comrades in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hall, U.S. Marine Corps veteran from 1982-90, says that the original plan called for a much smaller monument but that he had been told that the proposed piece would have to match the height of a Washington Monument replica which is also at the site.
The increase in size caused the cost of the proposed project to increase from $6,000 to $17,000.
Hall plans to attend the next council meeting on April 20, “with a lot of people.”
“All the vets I talked to (after the meeting) are furious,” he said. “… Everyone’s thinking the same thing we’re thinking: We didn’t win the war by throwing sticks and stones.”
“It’s the ultimate sacrifice,” Hall added.