Examiner Local Opinion Zone has the story:
The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to object to the inclusion of the bust at the memorial. The board’s action echoes an online petition signed by nearly 2,500 people calling for the sculpture’s removal.
Vice Chairman Annie Pollard told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Bedford would be looked upon in a negative light if the bust is not removed.
The memorial’s purpose is to honor D-Day veterans, she said. “I don’t see where Stalin fits in,” she told the newspaper.
The board supports the D-Day Memorial — just not the Stalin bust. In fact, the 2010-2011 county budget includes a planned $23,750 donation to the memorial.
Perhaps that’s why the D-Day Memorial Foundation’s new president, Robin Reed, wanted the board to delay before taking an official position on the sculpture.
Reed wrote a letter to the county supervisors asking them to postpone action to give him more time to analyze the Stalin bust.