Friday, August 20, 2010
Stalin Petition removed statue by Lee Edwards
Petition to Remove Stalin Statue - Sign Today!
Would you believe that a statue of the Soviet dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin is now part of a national memorial here in America?
You wouldn't? Well, you'd be wrong.
Travel to Bedford, Virginia, three hours by car from Washington, D.C., take the exit off Route 29, and you'll be at the National D-Day Memorial, built with millions of dollars of state, city, and private funds.
Now, let me say that it's a handsome and appropriate memorial to the brave Americans and their allied soldiers who died on June 6, 1944, while storming the Normandy beaches in France.
But wait-who's that beside the busts of FDR and Churchill? It can't be, you say, and yet it is!
Smiling at you is a large bronze bust of Joseph Stalin, the bloody tyrant responsible for the deaths of more men, women and children in the 20th century than any other dictator with the exception of Communist China's Mao Zedong.
I can hear you saying: "How could such a monster be included in American memorial?"
Statues of Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union. This past June, a statue of Stalin was removed from Gori, Georgia, where Stalin was born. But the same month, here in America, his bust was added to the National D-Day Memorial!
Officials of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation try to explain that after all Stalin was one of our allies during World War II and that he wanted the Western allies to invade France.
But the Bedford Memorial is not a World War II memorial but a D-Day Memorial. Stalin had nothing to do with the planning of D-Day. Not a single Soviet soldier was at Normandy. All this is confirmed by the fact that there is no Soviet flag at the D-Day Memorial.
We were not aware of the installation of the Stalin bust in Bedford until members of the local American Legion Post 54, led by James Morrison, raised an outcry.
I know you agree with me that we cannot allow a communist dictator like Stalin to be put on a pedestal (literally) and included in a national memorial to American heroes.
That is why we launched our National Petition Campaign to Remove the Stalin Bust. I am pleased to report that nearly 5000 people from all 50 states and 40 countries have already signed the petition and more sign every day.
Please, if you have not already done so, I invite you to sign the Petition today. You may do so by going to www.StalinStatue.com and entering your name and email address.
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF)
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Foundation Urges Removal of Stalin Statue
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin's primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. Near the statue of Stalin, a plaque catalogs Stalin's crimes against millions of people both in Russia and throughout Europe. But no mere plaque can justify the inclusion of the statue which dishonors the heroic individuals who sacrificed so much on D-Day and in the Cold War. A bust of Joseph Stalin has no place in a memorial whose purpose is to salute the brave soldiers who made D-Day a vital victory in the crusade for freedom. Stalin was a tyrant and a dictator, and his statue should be removed immediately.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has launched a national petition for the removal of the bust. Nearly 5000 concerned citizens have already signed the petition, available online at www.StalinStatue.com. The online petition is a bipartisan international effort to appeal to the Officers and Board of Directors at the National D-Day Memorial, on moral grounds, for the removal of the statue. Copies of the petition will also be sent to the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, requesting that if the ownership of the Memorial is transferred to the National Park Service, the Stalin statue be removed as a condition of the transfer.
The original purpose of the National D-Day Memorial was to "honor the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of allied forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944." Displaying a bust of Stalin not only violates the very purpose that the Memorial was created for, but dishonors those who laid down their life. There are twelve flags that gallantly fly at the memorial, representing the US military forces and our nine foreign allies in the Normandy Invasion. The Soviet Union is not included and rightly so. The bust of Stalin is offensive to our Western allies, D-Day veterans, and the families of the victims. It has no place on US soil, and immediate steps should be taken for its rem