Tommy PoP Aaron
PO Box 90095
East Ridge, TN. 37412
We had City, county and highway patrol cars one after another circled the block the whole time we were there. One, I think the chief of police?? sat in the window of Georgia Power watching us.
Mr. Mark Williams, "Georgia Power" was present in defense of Georgia Power Plant Wansley's actions concerning Yellow Dirt Baptist Cemetery.
In all fairness, Mark, was cordial but. He claimed Georgia Power Plant Wansley did the right thing by the Web brothers and that's all they would do. When I ask if an apologia was forth coming, he said no. I ask him as a man could he apologize to me, a Veteran, for the inaction of Georgia Power not doing the right thing.... His answer was no.
We could care less about the Web & Georgia Power property issue.... It's the law being enforced we now want as it appears they do not want to reason.
The time for protesting Georgia Power should now be over. Southern Legal Resource Center, The SCV and all our many heritage groups need to pursue legal action it this matter.
The bottom line is that the graves of American Veterans are sacred hallowed ground made such by their service to their country, and the placing of the flags are memorials to that service and honoring of their bravery and sacrifice for the rest of us. Both the graves, and the flags thereon are fully protected by full faith and force of law.
It's the law. We must pressure the legal system State and Federal to see the law is enforced!
Ain't we and our Southern heroes & flags been kicked around enough?!!
Contact the below and demand they do their job!!
Carroll County Sheriff
126 West Paris Street
Huntingdon, Tennessee 38344
Chief Joel Richards
115 West Center Street
Carrollton GA. 30117
Phone: (770) 834-4451
Fax: (770) 830-2024
U.S. Attorney General
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Main Switchboard - 202-514-2000
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line - 202-353-1555
Georgia Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, Ga 30334
Confederate Veterans ARE United States Veterans under the eyes of US LAW:
U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958
(US Statutes at Large Volume 72, Part 1, Page 133-134)
The Administrator shall pay to each person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War a monthly pension in the same amounts and subject to the same conditions as would have been applicable to such person under the laws in effect on December 31, 1957, if his service in such forces had been service in the military or naval forces of the United States
U.S. Code Title 38 – Veterans’ Benefits, Part II – General Benefits, Chapter 15 – Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death or for Service, Subchapter I – General, § 1501. Definitions: (3) The term “Civil War veteran” includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term “active military or naval service” includes active service in those forces
Confederate Flags ARE protected under Georgia Law:
GEORGIA CODE 50-3-1(4) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or other entity acting without authority to mutilate, deface, defile, abuse contemptuously, relocate, remove, conceal, or obscure any privately owned monument, plaque, marker, or memorial which is dedicated to, honors, or recounts the military service of any past or present military personnel of this state, the United States of America or the several states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or the several states thereof. Any person or entity who suffers injury or damages as a result of a violation of this paragraph may bring an action individually or in a representative capacity against the person or persons committing such violations to seek injunctive relief and to recover general and exemplary damages sustained as a result of such person or persons unlawful actions.
50-3-9. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to mutilate, deface, defile, or abuse contemptuously the flag of the United States, the flag, coat of arms, or emblem of the State of Georgia, or the flag or emblem of the Confederate States of America by any act whatever.
50-3-10. Nothing in this article shall be construed to prevent the use of the flag of the United States or any flag, standard, color, shield, ensign, or other insignia of the State of Georgia or of the Confederate States of America for decorative or patriotic purposes, either inside or outside of any residence, store, place of business, public building, or school building.
50-3-11. Any person, firm, or corporation who violates any provision of Code Section 50-3-8 or 50-3-9 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Confederate Veteran Graves ARE protected under Georgia Law:
GEORGIA CODE O.C.G.A. 16-7-26 (2010)
16-7-26. Vandalism to a place of worship
(a) A person commits the offense of vandalism to a place of worship when he maliciously defaces or desecrates a church, synagogue, or other place of public religious worship.
(b) A person convicted of the offense of vandalism to a place of worship shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
O.C.G.A. 16-8-2 (2010)
16-8-2. Theft by taking
A person commits the offense of theft by taking when he unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving him of the property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken or appropriated.
O.C.G.A. 16-7-21 (2010)
16-7-21. Criminal trespass
(3) (e) A person commits the offense of criminal trespass when he or she intentionally defaces, mutilates, or defiles any grave marker, monument, or memorial to one or more deceased persons who served in the military service of this state, the United States of America or any of the states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or any of the states thereof, or a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial which is dedicated to, honors, or recounts the military service of any past or present military personnel of this state, the United States of America or any of the states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or any of the states thereof if such grave marker, monument, memorial, plaque, or marker is privately owned or located on land which is privately owned.