Oct 17, 2011 39 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
The photo above was taken by and sent to me personally by McMinnville, Oregon resident Alex Pfeiffer who you can follow on Twitter @ORcot_Dude…
Here’s background on the memorial, plus a wider shot of it, the dictionary definition of the word “desecrate”, and an earlier video shot at the protest.
Definition of “Desecrate” from Dictionary.com:
1. to divest of sacred or hallowed character or office.
2. to divert from a sacred to a profane use or purpose.
3. to treat with sacrilege; profane.
In the center of Lownsdale Square stands the Soldiers’ Monument, Douglas Tilden’s monument to the Oregonians killed in the Spanish-American War. Dedicated on May 31, 1906, the tall granite obelisk is topped with a bronze replica of an infantryman of the Second Oregon U.S. Volunteer Infantry, part of the first large American fighting force ever sent overseas.