Memorial Day, an official federal holiday since 1971, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Hiram, Georgia, in Paulding County, a suburb in the Atlanta-metro area, every year honors 79 former residents who died serving their country. The cross display includes the names of the veterans who died and the wars they died in with years.
But, this year a small number of people complained, causing the town to take down its display.
But ticked-off citizens went to social media to complain:
“To the person that complained about the crosses that were almost set up in Hiram to observe Memorial Day…..GET OVER IT. Personally I am very offended that this person was offended by the crosses.”
“These are not crosses to represent a religion, they are representative of the Christians that want to honor them. There is nothing wrong with Christians using a cross to honor fallen heroes. There will be no government property or funds involved, although if we researched each of those fallen I think we would be safe in putting up a religious cross for each of them. I’m pretty sure if they are from Paulding County, they are indeed Christians. That is neither here nor there. This is a tribute to those that gave their lives on the combat field, being honored by Christians that want to participate.”
“The persecution of Christians is out of control. Christians can practice their faith and there cannot and should not be any backlash. I’m not forcing Christianity on anyone, and no one should force me to hide my beliefs. The first amendment protects my right to practice my religion, even on Memorial Day.”
The volunteers were not paid and the crosses were not purchased by the city or any government entity. The identity of the complainer/s is still unknown.
After the cross display was taken down the Hiram City Council released a statement on Facebook that it would vote to determine if the crosses should be put back up since they were taken down before the city council was told.