Thursday, October 2, 2014

Disrespect for our Fallen is universal

Two really disturbing stories out about how some lowlifes dishonour the sacrifices of our Fallen Heroes.

First from the UK comes this one via the Daily Express:

Council pledge to 'name and shame' skateboarders who trashed newly-restored cenotaph
FURY was sparked after skateboarders "defiled" a city's newly-restored cenotaph within days of it being unveiled.Jan Disley Wed, October 1, 2014

The skateboarders knocked the edges off the stone and left wheel marks and scratches [MEN]
The culprits turned the refurbished war memorial into a common skate park - knocking the edges off its high-quality stone and leaving wheel marks and scratches.

Some are said to have been grown men in their 30s rather than teenagers.

And in a troubling sign an official "friends of the cenotaph" group has been set up to help educate people about the significance of the monument - despite this year marking both the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Meanwhile vandals also daubed brand new benches nearby with bizarre graffiti - sporting the baffling slogan "new bench b***ards".

The senseless destruction at Manchester's St Peter's Square and the surrounding area is expected to cost £4,000 to repair and has left local community leaders fuming.

The council said the money was less of an issue than the "disrespect and offence caused"...

Then there is this from the US.....CBS Chicago reports:

Veterans Memorial Vandalized In New Lenox
(CBS) – Residents of southwest suburban New Lenox cannot believe it: Vandals heavily damaged a beloved veterans memorial over the weekend.

“They pushed it over to point where it actually fell and broke,” Vietnam veteran Larry Paveza tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

Four monuments — honoring the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines — were shoved over at the memorial, despite their size and weight.

Locals wonder: Why would vandals destroy what people here have called sacred ground since its dedication 10 years ago? The memorial honors service members who once lived in the area and died in conflicts from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I couldn’t believe someone would do such a thing — to strike against the veterans of the United States,” veteran Tom Weigel says....

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