Erasing the History of the United States - It has gone from Covered Wagon Speed to Hypersonic Speed
From Scripture to Crosses - From Statues to Flags to Remembrance Memorials.....
In the aftermath of the horrific attack on our Homeland, September 11, 2001, two steel beams in the form of a Cross, brought National attention.
It was a symbol for many working in the rubble to keep on going and a reminder, 'this too shall pass'. It served as a small beacon in an otherwise dark and bleak space.
When items for Display, for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum were being discussed, it was decided that these Crossed Beams (this Cross) would be included.
An Atheist group had a problem with this plan and they Filed a Lawsuit in opposition to it becoming a part of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
A panel of Judges decided that it was considered an Historical Artifact, (not a Cross, not a Christian symbol) and so it would be treated as such and could be included.
I've been reflecting on the series of events which had to take place for this 'symbol', which inspired so many during a very dark and discouraging period of our lives, to be included.
It had to be labeled Historic, in order to become a part of the Memorial and Museum.
Is it safe, can it withstand present day, progressive antagonists?
I don't know.
One Visitor, among Millions, may witness it on the site and become deeply offended and then that Rough and Rugged Cross will be back in Court...Its 'Historic Artifact' labeling will not be able to Save it.
Isn't that how it works in present day America. Look, Seek, Find... something, anything...that Offends, so that he/she that has taken offense, might make it disappear for eternity, making them happy...at least until their next Outing?
Great Generals, Memorials and Reminders
When the Statue of Robert E. Lee came down recently in New Orleans, I was in disbelief. Throughout my school years, I frequently heard him described as one of the greatest Generals in our History.
Lee was asked by Lincoln to lead the Union Army, but Lee was a Virginian and in the 1800s, that truly meant something. There was much Pride taken in One's State. In addition to Virginia being his beloved home, he had family scattered throughout the State. He could not fight against his State (the equivalent of how we see our Country) nor against his own blood.
He was not a Slave Owner, he loathed the concept, in fact, he inherited slaves and freed them, unlike his Counterpart to the North, Ulysses S. Grant.
Yes Northerners held slaves too. Will Grant's Statue come down?
Lee's Statue should have never been removed and then to add Insult to Injury... relocated to a warehouse and Grant's should not come down either.
Another Statue on the chopping block is a Confederate Soldier, 'Johnny Reb ', it has stood in Orlando, Florida for over 100 years, but Johnny is suddenly offensive.
The Statue has stood in Memoriam to Fallen Confederate Soldiers. So many young men fought and died, some as young as 17, were drafted to fight for the Southern States. What do you think a 17 year old knew of Politics or of what was really taking place? They fought for their land and for their families.
I'll not defend Slavery, it was an ugly part of our Past, but removing Statues, will not Delete the Fact that it happened and that many Americans died. Many Cities were completely destroyed.
Our children deserve to hear of our History; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
It should Never be Revised or eliminated altogether.
If Offense is taken in crossed beams or in a Statue that has stood for over 100 years, what next?
Atop Washington's Monument, on one of the four sides, are the words 'Laus Deo' meaning Praise God. From this particular side of the Monument, the view Proposed and then eventually created; the White House to the North, Jefferson Memorial to the South and the Lincoln Memorial to the West, form a perfect Cross. Present day, I'm hearing more often, the Cross was completely by accident. Okay, what about the 'Praise God' part, was it by accident too? Was it by accident that 'Praise God' is on one of four sides, the side which happens to have the view of the cross?
How will that be omitted from History...with spackling and paint?
Two Hundred Memorial Stones (many of the stones including Scripture) aren't by accident, they are an integral part of the very special Washington Monument.
From the torch lifted high, a beacon for Immigrants to the broken shackles at her feet, representing the overthrow of Tyranny, she Stands. Will she always Stand?
God forbid, but I'd not be surprised, because we've allowed this insanity to fester, while we've looked the other way.
The Statue of Liberty no longer Stands on solid ground! The ground beneath her is very shaky.
It's Just a Flag
We think to ourselves, it's just one Bench, it's just one cross among many, it is just one Statue.....the Statue of Robert E. Lee was the fourth and Final to be removed from the Center of Lee Circle, Downtown New Orleans.
I was there just a few short years ago, if I had known then what I know now, I'd have taken more pictures, in order to document our History which is so quickly being Erased.
I will not have those to share with my Grandchildren, but I have Memories and I am Documenting.
Additionally....(I am so grateful that my Mom and Dad bought a Library of books, just to get rid of those annoying Salesmen that used to knock on doors)
I didn't back then, but I cherish them now! I will pass them along and depending on many Factors, they'll either be cherished or sought out for destruction.
I understand that the Democratic Mayor of New Orleans, plans to display the American Flag at the newly naked location, has he not been paying attention?
Many Anti-Colonialists have no Respect for our Flag either, it doesn't make them swell with pride, it only Offends and they are currently in Revival!
I wonder how long It will Wave, before that Circle finds itself empty again!
Care to make a wager? I'd much prefer your acknowledgement.
God Bless America!