Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tear it Down? Never! We Act to Save WWI Veterans Memorial


Earlier this year The American Humanist Association and some of its members filed a lawsuit in Maryland federal court to strike down as unconstitutional the historic, cross-shaped World War I Veterans Memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland, erected in 1925 to honor area American servicemen who died in World War I.

This week, Liberty Institute—who is also defending the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross in a petition currently before the U.S. Supreme Court—filed a motion to intervene in this World War I Veterans Memorial lawsuit on behalf of The American Legion.

The American Legion, the largest veterans service organization in the world, erected the veterans memorial in honor of 49 men of Prince George’s County who gave their lives in the First World War while serving in the U.S. armed forces.  It sits in the immediate vicinity of other memorials honoring those who served in the War of 1812, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, as well as a memorial to the fallen of September 11, 2001.

Liberty Institute filed the motion in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of The American Legion, The American Legion Department of Maryland, and The American Legion Post 131 of Colmar Manor, Md.

The Legion seeks to protect its interests in the veterans memorial and to ensure that the memorial and others like it may continue to stand.  American Legion posts have participated in patriotic events at the historic World War I Veterans Memorial since its inception, including on Veterans Day.

The World War I Veterans Memorial in Bladensburg is just one of many veterans memorials under attack from aggressive anti-faith groups. Currently, in collaboration with our volunteer attorneys, Liberty Institute has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to ask the Court to rule on the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial case immediately.  The ACLU is seeking to have the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross torn down.

“Liberty Institute will not back down when it comes to protecting and defending the freedoms of our nation’s veterans,” stated Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute.  “Those who paid the ultimate price so that we could be free should be remembered and honored.”

He added, “We must not let even one of these memorials fall. If one comes down, where will it end?”

You can get involved in the fight to protect our nation’s veterans memorials through your continued prayer and financial support. We have a 99% win rate because of friends like you! 

Please consider a gift now to help defend these memorials. Now is the time to protect the freedoms of those who gave so much for us.

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