Posted October 6, 2012 by lauowolf in Uncategorized. Tagged: this is why we can't have nice things. 16 Comments
This is in my old hometown.
It’s a nice old memorial, set up after WWI.
A local landmark.
Just stop it.
Posted by mizunogirl on October 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm
I never get how someone elses expression of faith can offend an atheist. especially when it is just a statue…not something they need to recite or affirm etc.
Posted by Carlisa on October 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Yes, please! Leave our historic landmark alone! 😦
Posted by e2thec on October 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm
I had no idea that you were from Bladensburg!
That cross *is* a landmark and I hope that this attempt to get rid of it is stopped ASAP. It sounds like these people are trying to pick a fight – or maybe start a 2nd Battle of Bladensburg?
(I’ve never lived in that part of MD, but I’ve been by the cross…)
Posted by lauowolf on October 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm
I went to Bladensburg High.
And it’s where my dad had his medical practice.
We lived in College Park and Cheverly back then.
Posted by e2thec on October 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm
Also, I think the cross is a very classy war memorial. Small but imposing, and not at all bombastic, like so many of the military/war memorials in and around D.C.
err, I meant that it is UNlike most of the D.C.-area memorials.
Posted by crankypants on October 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Yeah, people go too far. I’m not religious/probably an atheist anyway these days but come onnnnnn.
Posted by lauowolf on October 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Yep, I mean, it is Peace Cross.
Not Victory Cross or The War Memorial, but Peace Cross.
I suspect that my mom contributed as a school kid.
And that my womens’ clubs type grandmother probably had a hand in it somewhere.
Not to mention my West Point granddad with the parade obsession.
These were real small towns back then, not just bedroom suburbs.
It was a community thing, dedicated to the lost local sons.
How is this different from the Taliban blowing up the Buddhas?
Posted by e2thec on October 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm
I think it deserves to have protected status, and you’re so right about B-burg and other towns like it. I’m sure lots of the older folks (back when the cross was put up) knew most everyone (or at least, the families of everyone) whose names are on that memorial.
to me, it’s a historical monument, and *definitely* the Peace cross.
(btw, I lived in Arlington Co. for nearly 21 years, with a brief dodge into Fairfax Co., which I didn’t like much. Arlington seemed more homey, somehow.)
Posted by lauowolf on October 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm
It was a small town.
The Mayor of Hyattsville was at my aunt’s wedding.
Everyone there knew everyone.
Posted by Hangaku Gozen on October 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm
I wonder if the AHA’s complaint is meant primarily to get attention for their group. The flack for the group said that they had “received complaints from residents about it,” but one has to wonder if it was from the village crank or the two, maybe three AHA members who happened to live in town.
Is there a historical preservation group in the area who could defend the presence of the cross? I think about the statues in Golden Gate Park honoring religious figures like Fr. Junipero Serra. Are those Christian symbols, or are they historical? A work of art, or a religious icon? But I can’t think of a faster way to make one’s group unpopular.
Posted by e2thec on October 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm
In your area, there are so many names that commemorate saints and/or Catholic beliefs – and they’re not exactly new.
To my mind, trying to erase them (and monuments like the B-burg cross) *is* historical revisionism… and too much like what was done in France after its revolution – changing the names of days, months, etc. etc. Didn’t take long for people to revert to the older names once they had the chance.
Posted by Lauri on October 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Oh yeah…..even the atheists can be arseholes. Live and let live and yes, stop being dicks.
Posted by fatcatfromvox on October 7, 2012 at 8:24 am
Posted by e2thec on October 7, 2012 at 11:21 am
i think it’s a human thing, y’know… beliefs or no beliefs, we all act like real jerks at times.
Posted by Cap'n Stephel on October 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm
wtf! SERIOUSLY, what is wrong with people?!
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