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April 6, 2007

Planned Memorial for War Hero Opposed by Sheep

by @ 11:05 am. Filed under Milblogging, True Heroes

DJ Dietz was an Alpha sheepdog who gave his life to protect his flock. As it so often happens, the flock of sheep resents it’s fierce defender and would rather delude itself into believing that defense is unnecessary. To do this, one must hide the evidence of the sheepdog’s existence and more importantly, the method by which his protection is achieved.

Such is the turn of events in Littleton, CO, where Navy Cross recipient DJ Dietz will be memorialized with a statue close to the school he attended as a youngster and where he dreamed of growing up and becoming a Navy SEAL. The Rocky Mountain News reports that a small group of parents feel threatened by DJ’s presence and want his likeness and the really nasty looking gun he’s holding moved someplace else.

Linda Cuesta, whose child was at Columbine High School during the murders on April 20, 1999, told the City Council last month that it would be a mistake to put the statue where hundreds of children would pass it every day.

“After our experience with Columbine and the clear message of nonviolence that we teach within the Littleton schools – honestly, what are we thinking?” she said.

Eh, I think it’s pretty obvious that Ms. Cuesta is NOT thinking! To compare the selfless actions of our citizen warriors risking life-and-limb for this country with the evil and selfish creatures who killed innocents at Columbine is showing an ingnorance that should have kept her from being allowed to procreate.

Blackfive broke the story yesterday and the Church Ladies were all over it!

Sculpture model

We wrote emails to the city manager Jim Woods (jwoods@littletongov.org) expressing our support for the sculpture and it’s placement near the school and many left great comments on B5’s post.

I also got an email from YourHub.com community journalist Kevin Hamm who pointed me to his excellent article on the site. Kevin lays out the timeline and individuals involved in planning and executing the memorial as well as a memo from Littleton Historical Museum Director Tim Nimz describing a brief history of War Memorials in the U.S.

Thanks to Jack Ott of The Drum and Cannon for sending me the link to the RMN article, from which we learn:

City officials said the City Council unanimously approved the contract for the sculpture in January and again in February, and a clay model was displayed at one of the meetings. Spokesman Chris Harguth said the city is moving forward with the project as planned.

“We respect that there are differing opinions out there, and we respect the right of our citizens to voice their opinions,” he said. “The feedback we’ve received in the city manager’s office has been overwhelmingly in favor of this project.”

HOORAY!!! This July 4th will be celebrated with the unveiling of a permanent reminder that our sheepdogs, our hero sons and daughters, will always be honored by most members of the flock whom they protect. I think the kids of Littleton may also start dreaming of growing up and emulating the great man that stands watch 24/7/365, his weapon forever at parade rest because his presence alone keeps the wolves at bay.

12 Responses to “Planned Memorial for War Hero Opposed by Sheep”

  1. Sammy Says:

    Thanks, GunnNutt for continuing to follow this story. Today’s Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com has a follow-on story with more idiotic baa’s from the sheep, but the good news is there are 3 excellent letters in the Post in support of the Memorial.

    As we have to come to realize after the inaugural Gathering of Eagles, we must not remain silent any longer.

  2. SK Says:

    Wonderful post GN! I wish there were statues for every hero we’ve lost, so that our children might once again have reminders of those they should look up to.

  3. Donna, Los Osos, CA Says:

    I first learned of him on your site. As far as I’m concerned, the memorial wouldn’t be big enough if it was the size of the Statue of Liberty.

    As for the those “women”… “I pity the fool!”

  4. Mary*Ann Says:

    I know I shouldn’t be…but I am constantly amazed at the lack of appreciation the sheeple have for those who keep them safe.

  5. jim b Says:

    The reason they are sheep is they are not capable of internalizing the fact … run and die.

    Thank God for the sheepdogs who ….. are willing to lay down their lives for their flock.

    Even though the flock will never know what counts. The will never understand the sacrifice.

    Semper Fi

  6. bill Says:

    Lets say we pay ‘um a little visit!
    Here is the phone and address of Ms. Fuchs
    XXX – Littleton CO 80123

    Linda Cuesta would like you to call her to discuss her views on removing this statue
    XXX – Littleton CO 80123

    Thanks for the contact info, Bill. I removed it today only because I think our point has been made and DJ’s Memorial looks like it will go ahead as planned. – GN

  7. Leta Says:

    GN – I sent my letter like a good Church Lady. Glad you posted this. Thanks to Sammy for the “heads up”. I can’t really add anything to what the others have said. Our brave warriors and their families don’t deserve to have to deal with crap like this.

    I do have to wonder if the Fuchs and the Cuestas have changed their phone numbers yet?

    Rest in Peace Danny.

  8. ponarag Says:

    bill AKA bob came here via Black5 where he posted some loaded notes. We do not need to call anybody…The letters of support were enough. By the way, Matt erased the contact info from the comments.

    Thanks Ag, I think it’s been up long enough, too 🙂 – GN

  9. Johnny Says:

    It is sad that in America, the sheep want to idolize the rich and the famous, but not the very individuals who protect their right to follow their dreams. As our brothers fight and die in this war, I fear the sheep will continue to ignore the sacrifices of those who have given their all to protect the sheeps rights and dreams as they lay 6 feet under. You are not forgotten brother.

  10. jim b Says:

    Wow a city government that did the right thing!!!! How scary would it be if that catches on!

  11. Sssteve Says:

    GN, That is so cool that he will be remembered with this statue! Sometimes I wonder about the mental capacity of people that just don’t get it!

  12. supporter4ever Says:

    As the mother of two children in the Military a son and daughter, I stand in constant amazement at the comments that come from people all over that have no clue. The statue of this American Warrior, protecting each of us from the evils of this world, will be a reminder of the deepest kind of love one can show for his/her fellow man. We all need to be reminded each and every day that our Freedom is not bought with lip service but the blood of so many who through personal committment and love gave the ultimate gift to us. For all who serve and all who support them….thank you.

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