Facebook says photo of Veteran’s headstone is “offensive”

veteran's headstone

When Cristie Landis got up one morning, she started to sign in to Facebook and got the “We’ve removed something you posted” complaint. After the admonishment to “review the Community Standards,” she learned that she was banned for three days because of her post.  What horrific, offensive nastiness did she sear people’s sensitive minds with? Her veteran husband’s headstone.

It’s Memorial Day weekend

Cristie was viewing a picture of a soldier holding his infant daughter just before leaving on deployment. A person named Ian made a nasty comment totally out of the sentiments being expressed by others who viewed it. Cristie responded to him, and then left a photo of her husband’s headstone in the comment stream. Someone reported that photo as “offensive.”



The apparently didn’t set well with “Ian”



The thread of the comments are all positive except his, so Cristie made a comment



After this, she posted a picture of her veteran husband’s headstone in the comments.


Someone reported her posting as “offensive” (one guess).  If Facebook refuses to honor a veteran, and wishes to stand with those who are hostile to the very core of American values…we can:

Spc Robert Everett Landis

Cristie’s husband, Spc. Robert E. Landis, was a US Army veteran (1992-1997).  He was an ARCOM (Army Commendation) medal recipient,  who served in the Persian Gulf in the aftermath of the 1991 war. Later, he was stationed at Headquarters 6th ASG Stuttgart, Germany. He received an Honorable Discharge as a Specialist in Personal Administration.

He died at 38 years old in a tragic accident in 2008 when a vehicle he was working on for a family member fell on him. He was beloved husband to Cristie, and loving father to Mariah, Caitlyn (herself an Army veteran), Logan and Erin Lee. One other child, Collin, passed on of SIDS.




Robert with his Army daughter, Caitlyn

Cristie says the Facebook’s action “disrespected ” her husband’s memory by calling his headstone “offensive.” Banning her for 3 days on top of the obnoxious remark was the icing on the Facebook cake.

Cristie and Robert met on a blind date in 1987. Both of them were still in high school – a “love at first sight” story. They were married  in 1988 after a judge “issued an order to get married” when he saw that they loved each other in spite of their young age. After the family began to grow and Robert struggled to find a job, he went to the Army recruiter and signed up. He served for 5 years before his family’s needs sent him home on a 5-8.

Robert was a patriotic American who loved his country and his family. He never failed to work hard, both for his family and his country.

“…He was a faithful husband a wonderful father and above all loved this country and would have died to protect it. I was the luckiest woman to have known the love of this man.” Cristie Landis






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    • John Rindge
      July 18, 2015 at 3:10 am — Reply

      Regarding Vet's Headstone as being "offensive".
      Shame on you Facebook. Who the hell side are you on??
      America gave you the ability to create Facebook and you let a scum of the worst kind dictate against the very honorable men and women who gave you and us all our freedom. I'm a vet and I AM VERY OFFENDED by your actions to remove Spc. Landis' headstone photo.
      Shame on YOU Facebook

  2. Cristie Landis
    May 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    thank you all and since I can't im or post due to the ban feel free to email me

  3. Tom
    May 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    Funny, he lives in the UK with his male partner. He seems to forget, that in WW2, we helped keep his country from being captured, and if it wasn't for the "murdering" AMERICANS that defended his country and his rights, he would either be dead due to his sexual choice, or he would be speaking a different language.
    He's lucky his fellow countrymen don't give a shit about him. I know a few of his countrymen that would LOVE to have a "conversation" with him.

  4. Philip
    May 24, 2015 at 3:00 am — Reply

    Yet anytime I report something posted that is intended to be against someone I get the response saying it does not violate their community standards and it stays

  5. Bobbie
    May 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    People are starting to post your husband's Headstone on their walls. I hope that's ok.

  6. May 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    God bless that soldier and her Husband. The world is full of dumb sheep that gassy at everyone to get attention. When the wolves come for them and screaming like little terds that they are, then there's the SHEEPDOGS right there to protect them. These are the less than One percent of individuals who sacrifice all, who's families sacrifice all to save them. Perhaps a ticket to Syria Is in order. The wolves known as ISIS would welcome Him and his Life Partner. They'll even hold a ceremony for them on the roof of a building. It usually ends with a splat.

  7. Cristie Landis
    May 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    thank you all for your support GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  8. Ronald
    May 25, 2015 at 6:05 am — Reply

    Too bad we can't ban Facebook for a week for actions such as this. This is an unconscionable violation of our rights to free expression, especially when the photo or comments are not controversial.

  9. Cindi
    May 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm — Reply

    Looking at this Ian guys page he looks like a real tool anyway … Facebook needs to ban him for the nasty cover photo he has up …

  10. Angela
    May 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    people like Ian Pursell should immediately be deported or imprisoned!! If you don't like our country, what we stand for or what our service members do to insure those freedoms… Then kindly get the hell out!!

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  12. Catherine Rathjen
    May 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    All I can do is shake my head at the ridiculous ignorance of this cat hoarder Ian #JackA$Z…I certainly hope his page has been flooded & the post removed & SHAME on FB!!!! ENOUGH attention on him! For the hard truth & reality of this post I am so sorry to his family & friends of SPC Landis sounds like an amazing man & thank you for this post & sharing your story…all that matters to me is he amongst so many others sign their lives to a blank check, for ALL of our freedoms & rights that most take for granted! It may seem a "job" to some for me its a calling knowing in this day deployment could be an hour away..if they die in combat, come home suffer from PTSD & take their lives, or a freak accident such as SPC Landis encountered you ALL are AMERICAN HEROES I Thank You my family thanks you!! #MyMilitaryFamily #MyNephewGraduatesBootCamp #USNavy #May292015⚓ #LandOfTheFreeBecauseOfTheBrave #FreedomIsNOTFree

  13. Ron Rich
    June 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm — Reply

    Ian is a waste of oxygen! I would love to have a one-on-one with this looser, strap him down ankles and wrists with wet rawhide on top of a red ant hill, pour sugar water on him, and give him a come to Jesus meeting! He is a waste of space and natural resources! God bless SPC Robert Landis, his wife Christy and the rest of the family! I know full well the sacrifices both service members and their families make! I was in the U.S. Navy and among numerous deployments, was deployed when our first daughter was only three weeks old! Facebook is also a joke and selective who they enforce their policies on. They will keep someone like the pile of feces Ian on, but ban someone like Christy! This isn't the first outrage like this I have seen! Just another example of idiots running the asylum!

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