Eventually, headstones at Arlington and medals for heroism will be targeted

Eventually, headstones at Arlington and medals for heroism will be targeted
Only a matter of time.
Only a matter of time.

Is the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Fly Cross next?

As covered by Mike DeVine of Liberty Unyielding, a federal judge recently ruled that the Korean Veterans Memorial must remove its massive Cross high atop San Diego’s Mt. Soledad due to Hizzoner ruling that the large but rather nondescript cross somehow advocated Christianity, thus violating the Constitution’s separation of Church and State.

The reality of the matter is that the Mt. Soledad Cross is an all-inclusive memorial to all those who lost their lives during the Korean War.

Even among the locals in San Diego, the Cross is a looked upon as a secular symbol of unity and civic pride.

Service members of all Faith, to include those of none, are remembered at the Mt. Soledad Memorial.
Service members of all Faith, to include those of none, are remembered at the Mt. Soledad Memorial.

For decades the hilltop was essentially the make-out spot for teenagers from nearby beach neighborhoods, and the monument was once featured on a local Rock & Roll radio station’s yearly album of area musical talent.

KGB-FM’s 1974 “Homegrown II” featured as the first track a country-flavored ditty entitled Soledad Cross (listen here) with nary a mentioned of any of the Twelve Apostles, Christian proselytizing  or Jesus Christ Himself.

Cpl. Richard S. Weinmaster, a Squad Automatic Weapon gunner with the 7th Marine Regiment smiles as he is awarded awarded the Navy Cross for personal heroism in combat.

Yet hyper-technicalities and hyperventilating are what activist judges and bored atheists live for.

Although the cross occupies a micro-plot of federally owned property, the judicial victory for the anti-cross forces now kicks the door open for other legal mischief aimed at anything with even a whiff of religiosity meandering into the realm of the federal government.

Despite a 2009 internet hoax claiming that the ACLU already went after government cemeteries, an obvious target in the wake of the recent ruling would be the Crosses and Stars of David at Veterans cemeteries that dot the nation from Maine to the US Territory of Guam in the Western Pacific. To take ridiculousness to the next level, each of the Armed Services has their own particular medal that ranks second to the Medal of Honor.What guarantees are there that lawsuits won’t be leveled against the Navy and Marine Corps’ Navy Cross or the all-services eligible Distinguished Flying Cross?

Don’t laugh: Not that long ago the notion that that the Cross Memorial on Soledad would one day be deemed as somehow violating the Constitution was considered ridiculous.

At his retirement ceremony, from Private to Full Bird -- Colonel Eddie Ray is a true American hero. He was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in combat during Desert Storm. Later in his career, he led the first American battalion into Baghdad in 2003.
At his retirement ceremony, from Private to Full Bird — Colonel Eddie Ray is a true American hero. He was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in combat during Desert Storm. Later in his career, he led the first American battalion into Baghdad in 2003.

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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