Vandals are Destroying Veterans’ Graves in New England
This is the kind of news that breaks your heart on a day set aside to honor the sacrifices that our service men, women and their families make each day.
According to New England Cable News, gravestones of veterans were vandalized at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in West Bridgewater Massachusetts this past weekend.
As of now, there there are no reported suspects in the case. Flags were tossed on the ground and some of the gravestones of veterans buried there were spray painted or knocked over.
Apparently this has happened multiple times over the past three years and has dealt a devastating blow to local families.
We had hoped this was a one-time senseless act. However in August 2013, I got a call from WBPD advising me that an officer on patrol reported the spray painting of 17 stones, this time on the right side of the cemetery. Sickened, I went up to view the damage, and actually found 19 stones affected. Seems the vandals made a path from the entrance, walking down towards the back right corner, spraying as they went. Ironically some of the same graphics/symbols as the May 2012 incident clearly identified these cretins as the same ones both then and now. Which will definitely tie the two incidents together when we can find them. Of these 19 stones, many were from the 1800s, about 1/3 were Veterans stones, including two rare Zinc/Alloy monuments. Several were Civil War Veterans, some in the Town's Veteran's lots, as well as the grave of another past board member.
The people who did this are scum and don't deserve the liberty that our soldiers secure for them, all too often with their own lives. The saddest part is that this isn't the first time that this has happened at the cemetery.
They have set up a Go Fund Me Page to help cover the costs of repairing the gravestones. Do your part today to remind everyone that freedom isn't free and thank a veteran for their service to our country.