"Georgia Power will make it right"
That promisory quote was given to the Heard County Board of Commissioners on October 25th, 2011, by Chairman June Jackson, stating that her inside source and good friend had promised her their employer would do the right thing.
To date, Georgia Power has in fact done all the wrong things.
No public apology to the Webb brothers
No public apology to other cemetery family decendants
No public apology for their illegal actions against Ga Law and American Veterans
No releasing of names of the "Grave Flag Grabbers" to proper authorities
No internal punishment of guilty parties
No restitution for the original 7 stolen Veteran memorial flags
No public statements guarenteeing such vile actions will never occur again
I wholeheartedly agree with the following sentiments:
"We must all honor and respect … our (Confederate) ancestors" – Heard County Commission Chairman June Jackson said via the April 1st, 2006 Confederate Heritage and History Month Proclamation
I would strongly encourage the Heard County Board of Commissioners to read and adopt the proposed "Resolution of Condemnation" as was submitted to various board members last month. That proposal is as follows:
By their own admission, Georgia Power officials entered Yellow Dirt Cemetery, located inside but separate of Plant Wansley property, on or before October 2nd and again on or before October 12th for the sole purpose of removing American Veteran memorial grave flags on private burial plots.
They were quoted as saying ‘Yes, we did remove those flags that were put up on October 8th, and we will be monitoring. If they are put back up we will remove them once again"
The actions taken by Georgia Power’s Plant Wansley officials violated numerous Georgia Laws. Their actions are inexcusable and have shown a clear disregard for the sanctity and respect for American Veterans as a whole. Their actions have stirred anger and animosity not only in our backyard, but all across the country.
The bottom line is that the graves of American Veterans are private property, sacred hallowed ground made such by their service to their country, and the placing of the flags are memorials to that service and honoring of their bravery and sacrifice for the rest of us. Both the graves, and the flags thereon are fully protected by full faith and force of law.
Therefore, the following is offered as a resolution by the Heard County Board of Commissioners:
WHEREAS, by their own admission, Georgia Power did enter the Yellow Dirt Cemetery property on 2 separate occasions and removed in violation of applicable Georgia laws flags off the graves of American Veterans, and
WHEREAS, with braggadocio, Georgia Power was quoted publicly as saying ‘Yes, we did remove those flags that were put up on October 8th, and … If they are put back up we will remove them once again", and
WHEREAS, Georgia Power’s words and deeds do not represent any redeeming qualities either legally and morally, and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Heard County Commission hereby condemns the actions taken by Georgia Power Plant Wansley, urge them to make a public apology, and to pledge henceforth they will respect private property and all laws related to American Veterans
In April 2009, a rogue councilman in Auburn Alabama removed 4 Confederate flags from the graves of Confederate Veterans just like was done at Plant Wansley earlier this year. This is the story .
The Auburn City Council issued a resolution of condemnation against the councilman which is reworded above