And another yob's recent contemptible illegality was rightly branded as "disgusting" by a Royal British Legion spokesman and "despicable" by the court, which also fined him for urinating on a war memorial to fallen warriors after consuming too much alcohol.
Tragically again, sometimes those who deface our war memorials can take the form of bureaucrats. In the world of political correctness, government officials and other pseudo-patriotic entities have neutered war memorials and disgraced those they honor.
For example, as reported by the Congressional Prayer Caucus -- one of the best fighting forces in Washington -- in 2011, the U.S. Forest Service refused to renew a permit for a World War II memorial with a statue of Jesus, erected by the Knights of Columbus in 1954 in Montana's Flathead National Forest, citing concerns about potential litigation. Because 95,000 comments from God-fearing patriots across the U.S. flooded the offices of those opposing the Forest Service's refusal, it reversed course. And this past June, a federal district court dismissed the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statue.
Let us not forget how the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that crosses placed on Utah roadsides to honor fallen state troopers violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
And remember how a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a cross displayed as part of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego was unconstitutional.
Lastly, recall how the Marine Corps itself considered tearing down a Camp Pendleton cross meant to honor fallen heroes.
If stealing the helmet of a fallen warrior on a war memorial is the heinous act of a reprobate, what's the difference in defacing and desecrating other war memorials by the removal of sacred symbols that have been a part of them for decades?
A tearful Harry Seaholm, a navy veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War, spoke for all of us patriots this past week when he retorted in grief about the war memorial's stolen helmet: "Shame on them!" He added, "(The memorial) means a lot. It means everything. There's a body attached to that helmet somewhere out there who gave up his life."
My middle brother's name, Wieland Norris, is etched on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington because he sacrificed his life in battle June 3, 1970, so these war memorial vandalisms hit the core of my being and chap my hide.
It is every citizen's solemn duty and moral obligation to honor those who have fallen in service to our country, not stomp on their memory. Their memorials are meant to move us to patriotic action, not perilous pilfering. Our patriotism and reciprocated service should be to preserve their memory, protect their honor and commemorate their service and sacrifice.
As Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg in 1863, "it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."
With Veterans Day coming up Nov. 11, let's begin, in every community across America, to plan ways to honor those who have served our country -- past and present. You might even start by sharing this column. In addition, let us all step up and support organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project as a way to care for those who have cared for us and stand up against the thugs who try to dishonor them.
For more information about how we can protect our nation, from our borders to your home, and the American dream, please check out my New York Times best-seller "Black Belt Patriotism."
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