It only took ONE complaint and Memorial Day crosses for fallen soldiers were ripped out

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Just one complaint was enough to prompt officials in one Georgia town to abruptly remove a Memorial Day display featuring dozens of white crosses.

In a matter of days, the display was put up, taken down and then back again as residents of Hiram took their anger out on city officials.

The 79 white, handmade crosses, representing 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars, were posted on public property along a state highway. But in an apparent case of extreme political correctness, Hiram’s City Manager Barry Atkinson had the display taken down after a resident called questioning the appropriateness of the religious tone, WSB-TV reported.

“They asked were all those fallen soldiers Christian, and the answer to that was no, they obviously weren’t,” Atkinson told WSB-TV. “It opened our eyes that we missed something here, and we immediately took corrective action.”

The sudden disappearance of the Memorial Day tribute, which had been planned and approved by the city’s mayor and others, angered some residents.

“People who are non-Christian shouldn’t be offended by that because they gave their lives for our country, and that’s the way I look at it,” one woman told WSB-TV.

Residents took their complaints to a city council meeting Tuesday night, accusing city officials of bowing down to one person while not respecting dozens of others who were in favor of the display. The city council voted unanimously to return the crosses and, as of Wednesday morning, the display was back on Highway 92, Fox5 Atlanta reported.

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