Save Southern Heritage – Florida
Press Release: Orlando Purges Veterans Memorial…Will Hillsborough Protect Them?
June 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
David McCallister 813-778-1202
ORLANDO WAR MEMORIAL REMOVED IN DEAD OF NIGHT
DESPITE OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY POISED TO HONOR ALL VETERANS OF ALL WARS
O?rlando – Mayor Buddy Dwyer ordered the sneaky removal of the historic Confederate Veterans Memorial that has been located in Lake Eola Park since 1917.
City officials as late as Tuesday stated that the Memorial would not be moved for several weeks, and yet, due to increasing oppisition, Dwyer moved up the timetable to removed the Memorial early this morning – following the New Orleans precedent.
The decision was made without a vote of the City Counccil or off the voters of the City of Orlando, who expressed overwhelming opposition to moving the Memorial from its current location at Lake Eola to Greenwood Cemetery.
A progessional public opinion survey commissioned by Save Southern Heritagee – FL indicatd 85% of Orlando voters were opposed to such a move.
“This is an example of the squeaky wheel geetting the grease. Militant extremists are forcing their agenda and the majority are being ignored” said Save Southern Heritage – FL spokesman David McCallister.
“We demand the Mayor do thee right thing – restore the Memorial to its rightful place in the civic landscape and not ‘in the closet'” McCallister added. “We have set up a legal defense fund to accept donations” McCallister noted. (http://mp.gg/39rnh)
“This is a slipper slope” added McCallister. “This now…what next” he said. The Take ‘Em Down NOLA organizers called the first four monuments shockingly thrown literally in the trash bin in the city’s war on history, and are now demaning the WWI Memorial Arch be ditched as well.
Meanwhile, in Tampa, in the face of “extreme backlash” after a similar attempt, Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Stacey White will be recommending the Commission adopt a protection ordinance like the ones recommended by AMVETS and adopted in other municipalities in Floiridad and other states as well.
Voters in Hillsborough, like Orlando, overwhelmingly oppse moving the Confederate Veteran War Memorial from its current location at the County Courthouse Annex. Commission phone lines and e-mail boxes have been flooded over the past few weeks by votersthat are insititingthat these historic monuents that are memorials to the men and and women who have served.
The Hillsborough County Commision will take up the issue tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Commision Chambers at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.
PO Box 291053
Tampa, FL 33617