I would like to thank the Kenai City Council for keeping the Veteran’s Memorial the way it was designed. As for the cross controversy, I am a Vietnam veteran and also a Christian. When I see a cross, whether on a memorial or a tombstone, it simply means to me that someone has died, and it has no religious connotation. To those who are offended by the cross, I perceive that you attach some spiritual connection implying that it is a symbol of the cross of Jesus. If it offends you, then you have neglected to understand and accept the significance of that cross, which is that Jesus died on it to forgive you of your sins. Do you really think that by erasing all symbols of the cross that you will erase the great gift that Jesus gave to all of mankind? Or do you think that by eliminating the cross you will escape the judgement waiting for those who despise the cross and are offended by it?
If you see the religious implications in all images of the cross, I’m sorry for you, because you must be constantly offended by power poles with cross-bars.
You are entitled to your opinion, but it is just that — an opinion. Others do not see things the way you do. Please do not try to take away a memorial that means a tremendous amount to those of us who have lost comrades fighting for the freedoms that you take for granted. If you are offended by our expression of thanks for those who gave their all for their country, then don’t look at it. It obviously has no significance to you anyway.