Veterans are outraged after learning that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ordered the removal of memorials to fallen soldiers merely because they featured a “realistic replica” of a firearm. On Wednesday, Congressman Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) told PJ Media at least one memorial has been returned and he is drafting legislation to prevent such removals in the future.
“The veterans organizations are madder than hell,” Elton Boyer, president of the 555th Honors Detachment, told PJ Media. “Am I mad? I certainly am. It’s very frustrating.”
The 555th Honors Detachment was started in 2000 to help organize funeral services at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. The cemetery was ordered to take down the Battlefield Cross about six weeks ago, but put it back up on Tuesday.
Boyer, who also serves on the advisory committee for the cemetery, told PJ Media about plans to melt down over 100,000 empty cartridges from blanks fired at military funerals to craft a permanent Battlefield Cross. That project is still on hold.
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