In one Atlanta metro town, a Memorial Day cross display was taken down due to a minority of complaints, but on Tuesday evening, the town’s city council voted to reinstate the display and residents put the display back up at the same location on Wednesday morning.
The display was in Hiram, Georgia, in Paulding County, and organized by several citizens and each cross was put together with the names of the 79 Paulding County veterans who died as well as what war they died in, in preserving America’s freedom.
News of the removal of the Memorial Day display spread quickly and made national news, angered many veterans, citizens, and Christians on how anyone would complain about a Memorial dedicated to the Armed Forces members who gave all and died in war.
As the Memorial display went back up, many said it was just a minority of people who complained about nothing and it was time to take a stand for our fallen service members.
“Just a handful always there always the ones talking loudest I guess, it’s time we all start standing together, taking a stand, and stand up for what is right,” resident Eugene McCallie told Ross Cavet of WSBTV in Atlanta.
Another resident, Pamela Cohen told Cavet, “Even though these are crosses they don’t represent any religious symbols to us it is just an actual memorial for the veterans and we wanted to come out and help our community because we are 100 percent behind them in this.”
“A family from Colorado on vacation saw the incident on the news and came by to help, “a Hiram resident, who attended the replacement of the Memorial, stated on social media. The resident also stated, “There was a Jewish couple there that said they wanted to help because they saw it as a Memorial… not a religious statement. We all felt an extreme sense of pride today.”
A short time ago, the Mayor of Hiram, Teresa Laird Philyaw,whose husband was a Vietnam Veteran and recently passed away in a tragic vehicle accident, stated, “To all the people who had kind and encouraging words, offers to do anything to help, and those that were there this morning to help put the markers back out again… the city of Hiram says thank you!!”
Our Memorial display had many highs and lows, but your support gave us the courage to fight for what is right. All of Paulding County and other neighboring counties helped to make this happen. Bless you!”
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