Press Release – November 10, 2016
Save Southern Heritage Florida Spokesman: David McCallister 813-778-1202
CRIMINALIZATION AND PROTECTION OF VETERANS OBSERVANCES NEEDED IN ELECTION AFTERMATH
Tampa – Veterans and other Americans have watched in horror as memorials to Veterans have been desecrated, used as political billboards by anti-Trump protesters in the aftermath of Tuesday’s Presidential election.
Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, in the early morning hours the monument to former Mexican War Hero, West Point Graduate, US Secretary of War, and later President of the Confederate States of America was dessecrated with the words “Your Vote a Hate Crime”.
This dessecration seems to be part of a wider effort of lawless protesters to spew hate. In Tampa, a march through Ybor City by Black Lives Matter turned confrontational when it encountered a group of Marines observing the anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, late Wednesday, protesters in New Orleans, Louisiana, burned an effigy of Trump on the steps of the Robert E. Lee Monument, and after dark fell, the monument turned into a large billboard that included the hateful phrases: “Die Whites Die”, “We Are Coming”, “F&*$ Trump”, “F*#$ White People”, “Black People are Ungovernable”. The monument vandalizm was accompanied by damage to nearby property induding glass being broken at a nearby bank.
According to Breitbart News, “students’ holding signs reading “End white supremacy” originally gathered on the steps of the Lee Circle monument before the demonstrations turned destructive”.
Over the past year, other veterans monument have also been vandalized, most recently the WWII Monument in Washington, DC. This is particularly offensive to some native Americans the target was the North Dakota piller, as the famous ‘code talkers’ were from North Dakota.
In the lead up to Memorial Day this year, dozens of monuments were dessecrated around the nation, including VA headstones in a black cemetery in NY, and the Vietnam Wall in Venice, California.
“Save Southern Heritage FL is calling on law enforcement to develop a Regional Task Force to uncover the apparant connections between these Anti-Veteran demonstrations, and for stepped up protection of Veterans Observances. We are also calling on all Veterans and fair-minded Americans to call upon their lawmakers to take action to raise the penalty for vandalizm of Veterans Observances in citys, counties and, even State-wide” said David McCallister, Save Southern Heritage Florida spokesman.
“Veterans and the family of fallen soldiers should not be forced to suffer the pain of seeing the wanton destruction of memorials to the noble sacrifice for home and family…knowing there will likely be no consequenses for the vandals’s actions” added McCallister.
Save Southern Heritage is calling on all American Veterans, family of fallen heroes, and descendants of historical veterans to unite in calling lawmakers to stiffen penalties for dessecration of American Veterans observances, and to provide protection for them. “Fair minded Ameircans realize memorials to American Veterans should be off limits as billboards for protestors..a line must be drawn in the sand that dishonoring veterans will not be tolerated” McCallister added.
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c (4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Eracism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected.
The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in honoring Southern history, heritage and veterans.
More info: www.sshfl.org.
Save Southern Heritage – FL
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