Restore Battlefield Cross that was removed from Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

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Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of veterans.  Recently, the cemetery received a complaint that the Battlefield Cross included the depiction of a realistic looking "gun", or to us veterans, a rifle.  The "guidance" from the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the cemetery, was to remove the Battlefield Cross.  The Battlefield Cross is a powerful tribute to those that died while in service to our country.  Ohio Western Reserve is a national cemetery, meant for members of the armed forces.  The same armed forces that fought battles with very real "guns".  The realistic depiction of these rifles in the Battlefield Cross represent the real "guns" these heroes used.

The veterans interred at Ohio Western Reserve no longer have a voice.  We NEED to be that voice. The Battlefield Cross needs to be restored to its original location.  Please sign this petition so that we can not only be a voice for those that can no longer speak, but for the future heroes that will be interred there, or in any other national cemetery.

As stated on the Smithsonian's website, in an article by Kathleen Golden:  During the Korean War, changes were made to the process of handling the dead; instead of interring the soldiers in temporary military cemeteries, they were removed to staging sites to be readied for shipment to Japan and ultimately home. The battlefield cross memorial took on more significance during this time, as a way to provide closure for the fallen soldier's comrades. Richard Holmes put it best in his book, Acts of War: The Behavior of Men in Battle: "Proper burial of the dead, accompanied by a degree of formalized mourning, is as necessary for those who die in battle as it is for those who perish in more peaceful circumstances. Having some sort of focus for mourning is useful for the dead soldier's comrades."

Beginning with the Gulf War in 1991, and during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the latest version of the battlefield cross: rifle, helmet, boots, and dog tags, has become the symbol of loss, of mourning and closure for the living.  The rifle facing downward means the soldier was killed in action; a rifle with a bayonet stuck in the ground tells us the soldier went down fighting. It’s not hard to interpret the placement of the boots or the presence of the dog tags: the soldier has marched the final march to battle, and he will never be forgotten.

Please be a voice for the fallen.  Please be a voice for the future.



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