Editor, The Times,
A few weeks ago I wrote a letter stating my opposition to removing the cannon from the park.
Since then, I have learned that they plan to remove the war memorials also. In a conversation yesterday, I discovered how little today’s generation knows about World War II prompting me to write this letter.
I was 10 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December, 1941, the country was coming out of a long depression and was not prepared for war, but everyone rose to the occasion.
Every able bodied man joined the military, defense plants sprung up overnight, with the majority of the employees being women. The automobile factories switched from autos to aircraft, etc.
Many items in the grocery store were rationed, such as sugar. Towns and private owners let people that did not have land have plots for what was known as “victory gardens” Gasoline was rationed, and items such as toothpaste tubes were recycled. Yet, you very seldom heard complaining from anyone.
Most homes had flags hanging in the windows, they had a red border, with a white center with a blue star in the center for each family member in the service, some had two, or three stars. If one of those members was killed, the blue star was replaced with a gold one. Everyone, male and female, worked long days and helped each other when ever needed, and most of all, the churches were full on Sunday, and as we all know, we prevailed.
What people seem to have forgotten is that you would not have the wonderful town of Blackshear, or this great country we live in without the enormous pain, dedication and sacrifice of those people that has been justly named “The Greatest Generation”.
That is especially true of the military which suffered so many losses. What they did for this country should never be forgotten, not today, not 50 years from now, not ever. It is a slap in the face for any of those people to have their memorial moved to an obscure location such as next to the hanging jail where there is very little to no foot traffic and it will soon be forgotten.
That memorial should remain in the park where it has high visibility so this, and future generations will be reminded of the sacrifices those people and great military made. I can understand why the wokers, and cancel culture would want to hide it, as that generation set the bar so high it will take great effort to match it.
Why are the mayor, the city council and the taxpayers allowing this to happen?
Robert “Bob” Lentz
U.S. Navy Retired,
31 years of service