Who the hell would do this to a war monument honoring those who died? Probably some young punks who need a lesson in respect! I hope they are caught & sentenced to serve in a VA hospital! Maybe they’ll see what Real sacrifice is all about.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said the vandals hit over the weekend at the Freedom Community Centrer, in Gainesville. The vandalism is tough for Terry Fitzpatrick to stomach. “Instant anger,” the Korean War Veteran said.
Fitzpatrick explained, “One has to assume they’re not the brightest lights in the harbor. There’s something wrong with people that do that.”
The “Walk Through Time” monument honors people who died while serving in Operations Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom. The names of 14 local service members who died are on the brick and granite monument.
Korean War Veteran, Eddie Thomas, is disgusted.
“It’s sickening. Nobody should want to do something like that,” Thomas said. “Why destroy something for somebody that gave their lives?”
Alachua County Veterans Services Director Kim Smith said the plan is to fix the monument, which will cost more than $2,000.
“It is disappointing that someone would desecrate a memorial that is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Alachua County citizens have always been very supportive of the Veteran Community,” Smith told FOX 35.
Smith said the plans are already in place to renovate the entire monument. If police find a suspect he or she could face felony charges.
“You’re cowards,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s what I say. You’re cowards. You definitely do not understand the history of this country.”
If you have information, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you call 352-955-1818.
Veterans in Florida say they’re disgusted that someone apparently stormed a war memorial in Gainesville and smashed some of it to pieces over the weekend.
“It’s sickening. Nobody should want to do something like that,” Korean War veteran Eddie Thomas told Fox 35. “Why destroy something for somebody that gave their lives?”
The monument, part of a memorial known as “Walk Through Time,” honors U.S. service members who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after September 11th.
The damage likely took place early Sunday morning, investigators tell The Gainesville Sun. Jim Lynch, a member of the Alachua County Veterans Memorial Committee, told the newspaper it’s tough to see how this could have been an accident.
Korean War veteran Terry Fitzpatrick said he felt “instant anger.”
Officials say it’ll cost them more than $2,000 to fix the monument in Veterans Memorial Park — although they’d already planned a broader renovation.
Fitzpatrick said he had a message for the attacker or attackers: “You’re cowards. You definitely do not understand the history of this country.”
Investigators say they’re looking into it, but they don’t believe security footage caught it.
Via Fox News Insider