There’s been a disturbing trend in vandalism against sites honoring our fallen. The latest incident came right ahead of July 4th.
This one occurred at a war memorial in Fall River. In the past week a vandal smashed a display case at the Iwo Jima memorial in Bicentennial park – and stole two items to boot; a Purple Heart medal and vial of sand containing sane from the beach at Iwo Jima.
The damage was discovered by Bruce Aldrich, the Commandant of the Marine Corps League of Somerset when he was inspecting the monument for damage, which is done on a monthly basis.
Sadly, this isn’t even the first time this monument has been vandalized.
Over the past few months, vandals have damaged two light fixtures on the grass adjacent to the monument. They also smashed a light on top of the iconic sculpture that illuminates the outlines of the six Marines who raised the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
And back in 2014 the American flag on top of the memorial was stolen. Another veteran has come forward with items to repair and replace what was stolen, and install a stronger cover. Surveillance in the area is being increased to deter an incident like this from happening again.