VETERANS' CEMETERY IN PERIL AS DEVELOPER FLATTENS PROPERTY
May 5, 2020
Dr. Phillips, FL - An unassuming forest lies on the outskirts of Doctor Phillips, Florida nearby Walt Disney World Resort. At first glance, the landscape appears typical of any pine forest in Central Florida. But walk a few yards into the wood and a cemetery begins to emerge. Founded in the 1880s, not much persists of the old town of Vineland in the year 2020, except for the graves of a few forgotten Union soldiers.
The constant hum of bulldozers and cranes next-door remains a steady reminder of the land’s impending fate, just as the building of a mega mosque nears completion in the neighboring lot. Following the conclusion of the mosque project, the forest will be razed to make way for the construction of a new strip mall to service the burgeoning community in the area.
The project originally called for a park to be built around the cemetery. However, community leaders and the developer. decided against this provision and instead opted to place a shopping mall on the lot.
Several years ago, a Boy Scout troop restored the cemetery. One of the scouts, who now studies politics in college, said this about the lack of leadership in our community on the issue: "Woke activists and the so-called “moral capitalists” of corporate America laud the removal of Confederate statues and monuments they consider evil. At the same time, many of the historic places and memorials in honor of the Union, like Vineland Union Cemetery, waste away without regard."
"Without value as a political tool, these sites serve little purpose in the arsenal of left-wing activists, nor do they figure well into the publicity stunts pulled by corporate America or the media in an effort to appear more conscientious about past injustices."
We here at The Orlando Local News believe that our veterans deserve more than being dishonored by having their final resting place desecrated by bulldozers, parking lots or apartment buildings. We ask for government officials to step up to the plate and make right this injustice toward those who gave the last full measure of devotion.
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