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Friday, July 6, 2007

Navy SEAL memorial dedicated over liberal protests

Fallen Navy SEAL, Navy Cross recipient, and hero Danny Dietz had a memorial erected in his honor in his hometown of Littleton, Colorado on the Fourth of July.

This was not, of course, an easy feat. Liberals were spitting mad when they found out about it because in the statue he was holding a gun.

A group of Littleton parents is opposing the design and location of a memorial to a fallen local Navy SEAL, Danny Dietz, who died in combat in Afghanistan two years ago.

They say the statue, depicting Dietz clutching an automatic rifle, glorifies violence. In Berry Park, it would be within blocks of three schools and two playgrounds.

"I don't think young children should be exposed to that in that way - unsupervised by their parents or any adults," said Emily Cassidy, one of the mothers.

Linda Cuesta, the parent of a child who was at Columbine High School during the deadly April 1999 shootings, said that memory "colors everything in my life," but she is sympathetic to the Dietz family.

"As much as it breaks my heart to do this, we have to weigh the effect of the statue in this particular place against the family's feelings," she said.

"Who wins here? It's a tough situation."

Dietz's father said the family is devastated by the uproar.

"It broke our hearts," said Dan Dietz, who still lives in the area. "My son was fighting for her freedom to do exactly what she is doing. She put my son in the same category as Columbine. How does she have the audacity to do that?"...

Blackfive has more information, along with the e-mail parents sent out to keep the statue from being erected:


It has come to our attention that the southeast corner of Lowell and Berry (which is open-space land owned by the Left Bank Condominiums) is the proposed location for a memorial statue honoring a young Navy Seal. While our hearts go out to the family of this brave young man, we have serious concerns regarding the graphic and violent detail the statue portrays. As a community, we cannot allow the many young children in this area to be exposed to a larger than life-size grenade launching machine gun.

The City of Littleton is responsible for considering both location as well as audience when placing public art. This statue's proposed location is within a three-block radius of two elementary schools, a middle school and two parks, each with a playground. Clearly, the design of this sculpture was for an audience other than young children.

In light of our community's experience with the Columbine tragedy, and the clear message of non-violence that we teach in Littleton schools, what is our city thinking?

The statue's dedication is currently scheduled for July, if you share our concerns regarding its placement in this particular location, please contact Littleton City Manager Jim Woods at 303-795-3720 or email him at jwoods@littletongov.org.

Glorifies violence, huh? How about commemmorates a hero? How about serves as a reminder for the ultimate sacrifice that our soldiers make fighting for these idiots to disrespect the sacrifice he made?

Here is the "oh-so-offensive" memorial:

Yes... I can see it now. (This is where I would be rolling my eyes.)

You know, if you're concerned about your children seeing it, here's what you say. You point to the statue, and you say, "You see that memorial? That's after a hero. He was a soldier in the military who went overseas to fight to keep us free. You know how you can go to church every morning, and read whatever books you want, or watch whatever you want on TV? Well, in a lot of countries there are people that don't have those freedoms, and that man from that memorial died so that you could do all of these things."

But then, of course, that might instill a sense of patriotism and pride in country into their children, and we all know how liberals just cannot tolerate that.

Here's the picture I assume the memorial was based off of:

Danny Dietz was truly a hero, and he made the ultimate sacrifice. It's a shame the people in his hometown had to pervert that into something negative, rather than honoring his memory. Thankfully, the memorial was erected, and dedicated on the best possible day it could be: our nation's Independence Day.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his widow, his parents, and the rest of his family -- may God bring them comfort and love.