Before heading back home after visiting The Wellsburger, we stopped at the Wellsburg Veterans Memorial, pictured below. It is almost surprising how many small towns in our area have beautiful memorials to our veterans.
I hadn't stopped to closely look at this one before because my relatives who served during the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars are on the Ackley memorial, and my relatives who served in the Civil War are on the Eldora memorial. Many neighbors and their families are listed in Wellsburg, but none of my family members are.
This memorial was built only a few years ago, and is one of the nicest local ones. The back of the memorial reads, "This memorial is not to honor war, but to show the price of peace, lest future generations forget the sacrifice made to maintain our freedom."
I hate to see memorials and statues defaced and think it is sad that some would consider destroying some of those in the South, including the majestic Stone Mountain.
It doesn't make sense to destroy history because we disagree with it. As others have mentioned, that is what we see being done in the Middle East by religious extremists who tear down and destroy the relics of antiquity with power tools and sledgehammers because those relics do not conform to their ideology. Must Americans follow their example?