Town Forces Couple To Take Down 9/11 Memorial On Their Own Property

Ashley (Kimber)

An Illinois couple is learning the hard way that patriotism and respect for our troops is no longer fashionable.

Leigh Gardella-Wood and her husband bought a closed-down elementary school, which they converted into a home where they live with their children.

The property included a memorial boulder. According to NBC Chicago, “In June 2012, Girl Scout Kasha Strathman took the 9/11 memorial on as her Gold Award project, raising money for the plaque that now sits on the boulder, reading ‘We Shall Never Forget’ above a dedication to ‘those who serve.'”

Before Gardella-Wood purchased the property, the village asked that the boulder be removed. The village agreed to remove the boulder within a year, but left it there after public backlash.

For reasons I truly cannot comprehend, they have now decided they want it gone, again.

According to Daily Wire: 

On Monday, Gardella-Wood said that last week the village board informed her the signage on the memorial was “obsolete” and she had ten days to remove it or else she could be fined as much as $500 per day. She stated, “I have never heard of a plaque being an issue. There are people who have plaques in their yard all over the place— it is not gaudy, it is not hurting anybody.” She added, “I think this is needed. We have a lot of people who are veterans. By the village wanting it gone, it hurts. People come here and reflect or to get away.”

I mean WHAT THE HELL?

If it’s “obsolete” …WHO CARES?! HOW IS THIS HURTING ANYONE?! HOW IS REMEMBERING 9/11 EVER OBSOLETE?!

People have ugly gnomes and flamingos all over THEIR yards, and THIS is what they go after?!

WHY?!

WHAT GOOD COMES OF THIS?!

A Local Veterans of Foreign Wars outlet said it would install the boulder on its property.

Gardella-Wood concluded, “I don’t know what to think because I don’t understand what they are thinking. I don’t understand how a community that is so close, that they would find a plaque or memorial obsolete. People worked really hard to have that put there. People died on 9/11. It’s not something we can just forget. It is coming up – how do you forget that?”

NEVER FORGET. WHAT’S HARD ABOUT THAT?

So what is this town all about?

The Lake County News-Sun reported in mid-August that Winthrop Harbor, eager to portray itself as a tourist destination, was considering permitting a marijuana dispensary to be located in the town. Village Board Trustee Buddy Hargett stated, “That’s what we are trying to attract, is destination businesses.” Village Administrator Gregory Jackson stated that Winthrop Harbor could garner as much as 4% of marijuana sales in tax revenue, as opposed to the $1 in sales tax revenue the city receives for every $100 in taxable items that have been bought.

Mayor Michael Bruno added, “The importance of this legislation to our community does not escape us.” Police Chief Joel Brumlik said, “I don’t think it’ll be something we can’t deal with … Wisconsin’s going to come. The people will come.”

Marijuana dispensary? Awesome. 9/11 memorial? Wildly offensive. This town CLEARLY has its priorities in order.