A group of peace activists by the name of Our Way Home wanted to build a memorial to honor both the American citizens who moved to Canada, rather than serve in Vietnam, and the Canadian citizens that helped them.
The U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars was understandably outraged, alerted the White House to the monument proposal, and threatened a boycott of the area around Nelson, British Columbia. The Nelson Town Council rejected the monument bid, stating the proposal did not have the popularity to justify the use of public funds in order to build it.
"We urge the President and Congress to do whatever is necessary to communicate to the Canadian government that this exercise of free expression is an absolute slap in the face to every man and woman who ever served in uniform," said John Furgess, the U.S.V.F.W.’s national commander . "Everything America holds dear and every freedom we cherish today came from the blood, sweat and sacrifice of more than 42 million Americans who have answered the call to duty since the Revolutionary War."
Furgess is right. Honestly, to equate the draft-dodgers' "cause" with that of Holocaust, 9/11 and POW/MIA remembrances by building them a monument just goes to show how morally screwed up the peace protestors really are. Some Americans perhaps had their reasons for dodging the war in Vietnam, looking at things from their perspective, but to equate their flight with many others’ fight is reprehensible.