Is Decorating HdG Lafayette Statue Disrespectful?

Tell us what you think of the Orioles outfit adorning the general at Legion Square in Havre de Grace.

Havre de Grace residents had mixed reactions to a photograph of the General Marquis de Lafayette statue dressed up in Orioles gear.

Some found levity in the costume, which was put together Saturday night, according to a user on Reddit, where the picture was originally posted.

Several users on the Havre de Grace Patch Facebook page chimed in on the discussion.

Brian Lantz: "Revolutionary war hero, the one who named Havre de Grace, once again shows support for American Revolutionary change...in the AL East and MLB, that is."

A few readers said the costume was "fun."

Amanda Close: "Can't wait to see what he is going to be for Halloween."

Some viewed the dressed-up statue as a sign of disrespect.

Carole Williams: "If one wants to decorate their private property, go for it, but this is public and we pay for the cleanup."

Sherry Hawkins: "I personally think that its disrespectful to EVER decorate the statue!"

Others said that decorating a public monument was a gray area.

Debbie Smith: "Supporting the O's and so near Halloween...it's just something fun. Now if this were outside of a Church, and it was the Virgin Mary, or Jesus, I could understand some of your feelings."

TELL US: Is it OK to decorate a statue?

Jim Ringsaker October 19, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Tom is 100% right!
Dr Marianne Fridberg October 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I agree with Jay Donoghue. I think that dressing the statue keeps the Marquis' name alive. I'd rather see the statue decorated than neglected. Go, Lafayette!
HDG resident October 23, 2012 at 02:15 AM
On a trip to Virginia I noticed a large roadside statue of Jesus had been dressed in Virginia Tech tee shirt and baseball hat. I loved it! More people looked at that statue and said His name that morning than probably ever before!
Kevin Boyd October 23, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Lafayette was a French nobleman who purchased a ship and came to the America on his own dime to fight for liberty and the American colonists. He agreed to serve in the Continental Army without compensation and served on Washington's staff and commanded American troops in battle; he often outfitted troops that served under him with his own money and was also wounded in the Battle of Brandywine. During the war he returned to France to get support from the King for the war effort. He received support and returned to America with General Rochembeau and about 6000 French troops (check out the historic sign at the Middle School on Lewis Lane Rochembeau and his troops camped there). Rochembeau's Army and Washington's Continental Army defeated Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War, Lafayette also commanded American troops during this battle. Lafayette was an American citizenand and is buried in France in soil from Bunker Hill. It doesn't really bother me to decorate him, it's all done in good fun but Lafayette isn't just some guy who supposedly named HdG but is a war hero who helped us win the Revlutionary War.
John Wilkes Booth January 18, 2013 at 08:28 PM
The statue is for ALL HdG residents. It is not a duck on someone's front porch. Dressing it up in sports uniforms can offend some people. If you want a to support your team on your own property, by all means do, but leave public monuments alone!


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