Nothing like teaching your children disrespect for veterans at a young age.
Those parents should be slapped.
From The Army Times.
A photo taken of two young girls playing on the Vietnam Women’s Memorial has sparked outrage online, particularly among veterans.
The photo also shows an elderly man who came to visit the memorial. He can be seen in a wheelchair wearing a “USS Emmons” ball cap. The Emmons was destroyed by kamikaze pilots off Okinawa during WWII. Sixty sailors lost their lives.
The Vietnam memorial was designed as a tribute to women who served in Vietnam, most as nurses. It depicts a nurse helping a wounded soldier. Dedicated in 1993, it sits a couple hundred feet from the Vietnam Memorial on the northwest side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool in Washington, D.C.
This is the memorial, without the brats:
The man who snapped the photo, Matthew Munson, told Fox 8 that the children’s parents had encouraged them to climb on the memorial for a picture. Munson said he snapped the picture when he noticed the veterans who showed up. Munson said the vets “looked hurt more than angry” as the kids treated the memorial “like a jungle gym” and their parents laughed. He said the veterans looked past the kids toward the parents.
Many on Reddit have eviscerated the parents. Some stressed the mass casualties in the Vietnam War, and demanded a sense of reverence for those who had lost.
Many also suggested kids could just as easily climb a tree or play at a park.
“This is the Nurses Memorial. I’m an Army Vet and a nurse. Only an asshole would let their kids climb on a memorial like it was a jungle gym,” a commenter wrote.
There were some who actually thought it was cute and equated it with ‘joyful, carefree childhood’ and that veterans fought so that ‘kids can be kids’.
Whoever thinks it was cute, has a shit factory for a brain. There are parks with monkey bars and other things for ‘kids to be kids’. I and my fellow veterans did not fight so that children could use a veteran’s memorial for a damned playground.
What’s next? Rappelling off the WWII memorial? Hopscotch through the Korean War memorial?
That’s not the proper way to honor the fallen.