Preston, Washington – County Removes Veteran’s Memorial, People Put it Back

 In opinion, Veterans

The small town of Preston, Washington has kept a memorial to US Veterans for around 10 years. The memorial is a rock wall with American, POW, and Don’t Tread on Me flags attached at the side of the road …and King County tore it down based on one person’s complaint (aka “snowflake”) that it was “offensive,” or so they said. That went over well with the townspeople- not.

“One person says they don’t like it, and they take it down. I don’t understand. We live in the United States of America. This is our flag. Why is it offensive?” Robert Cunningham, resident

The townspeople are extremely upset that the county decided to remove their memorial, allegedly based on the word of one person over the majority of residents.

County excuses

As usual the county ‘legal eagles’ said that the display is a “distraction” and can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road —“signage and displays can create a visual distraction that may cause drivers to look away from the roadway.” [Wait, I thought they said that it was a complaint from one person that it was offensive?]

Then they said that if they can’t enforce codes if they make an exception for that one because it would be harder to ban other displays.

They also claimed the “no one ever got permission” to put up the display in the first place. Riiiight.

Sounds like a load of horse manure.

So why was it left up for years? They never answered that one.

Civil disobedience

But the people of Preston, weren’t taking the County’s action without an answer- they rebuilt the memorial. ¬†They were REALLY upset that the county took it down in the first place. It was meant to honor the sacrifices of US veterans. They defended the flags by putting them back.

It took guts to take a stand against the County- King County is the most populated County in Washington State, and with its connection to liberal Seattle, powerful.

King County says it will try to find a solution, perhaps to move the memorial away from its location.

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826

 

Featured Photo- screenshot via WACH, Fox57

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