(Diane Merkel:) They have always been in a no-win situation. No matter what they do, some group criticizes them, and I am sympathetic to their situation. I usually stay out of such arguments and am privately supportive of their efforts.... This is a bit different in that the markers distort the public's perception, and I don't consider that minor when it could be easily avoided. I wouldn't be surprised if first-timers were confused about which side of the battle the men were fighting for, the US or the Indian way of life. The site needs an explanatory sign pronto!
I am in full agreement with you here Diane. John Doerner is a stand up guy and I have no doubt they have every intention of moving the markers to a more accurate location in the near future, but the quicker this is done, the better. We all know how long it has taken the NPS to remove the historically inaccurate spurious markers that were placed on the battlefield....when was that done now??? hopefully, these new markers will not find a permanent place on Reno Hill.
I originally surmised that security may have been a problem regarding the correct placement of the markers, and seeing the damage done to the Hodgeson marker seems to confirm this. I have no doubt that this is due to the delinquent behavior of some of the local youth in the area, but I doubt very much that similar actions will be taken against markers set up for the scouts. Perhaps the NPS can order a set of bullet-proof glass to enclose the front of each of these less secure markers.
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2007 20:30:50 GMT -5 by mwkeogh