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U.S. Rep Gonzalez pushes for battlefield cross protections

Charita Goshay, Canton Repository

North Canton, November 9, 2019
Tags: Veterans
U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, is working to keep a promise he made to a constituent before he took office.

Gonzalez has put forth the Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act, a law that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from removing memorials from national cemeteries.

“It’s the first bill that I admitted myself. I’m excited about it,” said Gonzales, whose 16th District includes a portion of Stark County. “This came directly from members of the community who noticed something that didn’t make sense to them: battlefield crosses being removed.”

Battlefield crosses are erected to honor a deceased member of the military who has died in action. It consists of an inverted rifle, dog tags and a pair of the soldier’s combat boots. The tradition goes back for more than a century.

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