Press Release: Hillsborough Co. Adopts Veterans Observance Protection Ordinance - Dems say "NO
PRESS RELEASE September 8, 2017
For Immediate Release
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADOPTS VETERANS OBSERVANCE PROTECTION ORDINANCE Democrats say "NO"
Tampa - In a historic vote on Wednesday August 7th 2017, the Hillsborough County Commission officially adopted an ordinance protecting Veteran Observances in Hillsborough County. The ordinance, which was introduced by County Commission chairman Stacy White, protects all veteran war monuments within Hillsborough County from removal, destruction or defacement. The ordinance also provides criminal penalties for those that are found guilty of destroying, defacing or altering Veterans war memorials. The opposition on the Board of County Commissioners came from Commisioner Les Miller, an advocate for the Black Lives Matter organization. Miller and one other Democrat voted against the ordinance and the four Republican County Commissioners voted for it's establishment. "This is a historic ordinance," stated local attorney David McCallister and spokesman for Save Southern Heritage FL, and member of other organizations which supported the ordinances introduction along with the several other historic, veteran and Heritage groups from around the state. "The Tampa Bay area is the second largest metropolitan area in the State of Florida, and the passage of this ordinance will go a long way toward encouraging other smaller metropolitan areas to do the same thing to save Veteran War memorials, including Confederate War memorials which have come under constant attack in the last several years," concluded McCallister SSH FL is leading the fight in over a dozen Florida communities so far this year, to prevent the destruction of Veterans war memorials in those communities. "This victory cannot be understated," commented Andy Strickland, Chairman of the Veterans Monuments of America, Inc. an organization which also provided vital support to the effort for the memorial protection ordinance. " This is huge in the battle to save Florida's Veteran War memorials" Strickland concluded.
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and â€œErase-ismâ€ levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolinaâ€™s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. SSH FL does not condone racism and as such we do not support any group or person that does. We respect the rights and privileges of all as bestowed on them by their creator and expect those in our association to respect and treat others as they themselves would wish to be treated. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Floridaâ€™s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the â€œWe'll Remember in November Campaignâ€ that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida. More info: www.sshfl.org.