East Meadow in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Francis Cardinal Spellman
Francis Cardinal Spellman
for his life of service to God and country
and to men of every race, creed, and color
in times of peace and war, and especially
for his personal visitations to America's
fighting men throughout the world.
Erected 1972 by Nassau County American Legion and Auxiliary.
Location. 40° 44.028′ N, 73° 34.667′ W. Marker is in East Meadow, New York, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Park Boulevard north of County Route 24. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Meadow NY 11554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Legion Auxiliary (here, next to this marker); The Four Immortal Chaplains (here, next to this marker); 77th Infantry Division Reserve Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Battle of the Bulge Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); 82nd Airborne Division (a few steps from this marker); Catholic War Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Still on Patrol (a few steps from this marker); War Dogs Memorial (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Meadow.
Also see . . . Francis Spellman (Wikipedia). "Spellman was an outspoken supporter of the Vietnam War, to the extent that the conflict became known as "Spelly's War" and the Cardinal as the "Bob Hope of the clergy". He met Ngo Dinh Diem in 1950 and, favorably impressed by his strongly Catholic and anti-Communist views, promoted his career; however, he disassociated from Diem before the latter's assassination in 1963. Fearful of Communist gains in Vietnam, Spellman had urged American intervention since late 1954, but by the 1960s his views were strongly criticized by antiwar activists and even his fellow religious leaders....When Pope Paul VI visited the United States in October 1965, he indirectly rebuked Spellman's hawkish stance by pleading for peace before the United Nations. A group of college students protested outside his residence in December 1965 for suppressing antiwar priests, and he later spent that year's Christmas with troops in South Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Spellman quoted Stephen Decatur in declaring, "My country, may it always be right, but right or wrong, my country". He also described Vietnam as a "war for civilization" and "Christ's war against the Vietcong and the people of North Vietnam". One priest accused Spellman of "[blessing] the guns which the pope is begging us to put down". In January (Submitted on August 7, 2017.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • War, Vietnam • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.