Some residents of a small North Carolina town protested their city council’s recent decision to remove a war memorial from a community park.
Residents of King protested the removal of a statue depicting a solider kneeling before a cross and Christian flag by imitating the statue's pose at a rally on Jan. 11.
“I am really disgusted at our country for this going on and our city council here for doing this,” said a protester, who was wearing a military POW-MIA jacket. “Last I checked, we are in a democracy, which is the voice of the masses.”
King City Council recently voted 3-2 to remove the “prayer solider” and Christian flag. Council members said they thought the city could no longer afford the future legal battles and court fees to keep the statue in the park.
U.S. Army veteran Steven Hewitt filed a lawsuit against the city of King to take down the statue because he said he felt offended by the memorial’s religious implications.
Before the city council vote, the city had already spent around $50,000 in legal fees to keep the statue in the park.
City council members who voted to remove the statue said they did not want to continue the legal fight because of its rising costs. Early estimates projected the city would spend around $2 million during the legal process.
In a press release, Hewitt said the city should not use the memorial to promote a single religion. He said he thinks the memorial should be more inclusive and honor all who served in the U.S. military.
The protester wearing a POW-MIA jacket said he did not like the city council's decision to remove the memorial because he does not think the soldier’s kneeing position implies prayer.
"We don't know what he's doing, except for mourning the loss of a fallen comrade," he said.
Sources: Christian Post Photo Credit: North Carolina District Court records