Memorial Day 2017 – In Defense of Our Veterans

Here at Camden Point Landmark Society, the purpose of this site is to, of course, remember our history and the people of our local community. While this does focus on Camden Point, we also realize we’re part of a Platte County community and the community of Missouri – and a much more vague community abroad. We sincerely love history and want to learn from it – but never want to pursue the rewriting, removal or disregarding of the portions that we don’t really like. Yes, there’s been some terrible periods and ugly blots which might prove to be uncomfortable or hard to understand. Much like our society today. There’s some terrible things (like the genocide of small children through abortion, the continued enslavement of people, and the murder of children in war) that are done that a future generation may find uncomfortable or hard to understand.

However, what we find especially ironic this Memorial Day are opportunistic politicians and people groups who are attacking veterans and their families in order to further their own agenda (like Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans who recently removed several veteran memorials or Lyda Krewson, Mayor of St. Louis who wants to remove veterans memorials). To defend veterans on one hand, and then attack the memory of veterans on the other is the height of hypocrisy. Because it’s people who end up doing the fighting and dying. Most statues that are currently being removed, or are in threat of removal, were erected NOT for a government – but for the people of our communities who lost their homes, children, husbands and wives in an attempt to defend from an aggressive invader. Were there some who fought and sacrificed for unpopular reasons? Perhaps. Just as some veterans today may fight – and die – for unpopular reasons.

For example. World War II Veterans fought for our communities, while at the same time the government was interring thousands of Japanese Americans in concentration camps (like at Heart Mountain, Wyoming). Because of this, should we start removing all the statues in public places commemorating the people who fought and sacrificed so much in World War II? Or what about Abraham Lincoln, a man who would be considered a racist and war-monger by today’s standards. Should we start removing public statues and monuments dedicated to this divisive individual? Maybe Thomas Jefferson, a prior president whose face is carved into Mount Rushmore. He was a slave owner and involved in the Louisiana Purchase – an act that would eventually lead to the near genocide of countless Native Americans. Should we seek to remove him from public memory? Or the Romans, on which much of American law and government architecture is based around. They promoted slavery and subjugation of entire people groups. Should this be a cause for some Orwellian campaign to rewrite history and present day usage of potentially offensive things?

Or can we just learn from history, seek to never repeat the terrible things…and move on?

I also would highly recommend giving a listen to Tom Woods Episode 915 on Southern Monuments Removed. In it, he gives an inside look that you won’t find from the Establishment Press, and features Rev. Larry Beane, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana, and historian Brion McClanahan. Rev. Beane’s insight is particularly interesting, as he discusses how this incident has caused a great deal of strife and tension to what was once a very peaceful and tolerant city. He also talks about African Americans who are in support of a monument, and were attacked for their beliefs.

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