Preserving Sacred Grounds is about amending 38 U.S. Code § 2411 - Prohibition against interment or memorialization in the National Cemetery Administration or Arlington National Cemetery of Persons committing Federal or State Capital Crimes.
On March 23rd 2021 in Newport News, VA, Courntey Dwyer was in a townhouse complex parking lot getting personal items from her vehicle, when she was approached by an assailant unknown to her. He proceeded to exchange words with her and then immediately fatally shot her and then turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger, killing himself.
Her assailant deliberately, intentionally, and willfully chose to kill an innocent person with no remorse.
She was a mother, daughter, sister and granddaughter who's life was taken violently and needlessly by her assailant.
Courtney's assailant was a retired U.S. Navy Veteran who was entitled to a military burial with honors in South Florida National Veteran's Cemetery under U.S. Code 38, 2411. We all, as tax payers, paid for her assailant's burial. Taps were played and the American flag was displayed for this ruthless killer.
Under US Code 38, 2411 a veteran who is found to have committed a Federal or State capital crime for which a sentence of imprisonment for life penalty may be imposed will be prohibited from a military burial. This code should be amended to include anyone who is known to have committed 2nd degree murder: Second degree murder is defined as murder that is not premeditated, or murder that is caused the offenders reckless conduct that displays an obvious lack of concern for human life.
Laying our nations heroes to rest in our National Cemeteries is one of the highest honors we can bestow on them. Placing a murderer in the same soil where our American heroes rest is dishonoring the integrity of these very sacred grounds and the heroes who rest there.
Help us amend 38 U.S. Code § 2411.