August 25, 2016
By Lorra B.
In a despicable show of the ugly and cowardly side of the human condition, thieves vandalized and robbed many graves of our veteran heroes in Laporte, Indiana.
Over 300 medallions of bronze were snatched from Patton Cemetery, according to The South Bend Tribune.
The resolve of our military heroes, however, show no boundaries and veterans are banding together to raise the money needed to replace the precious medallions that honor our fallen.
James Hiles, the financial officer for the American Legion Post 83, stated, ”People don’t have any morals anymore, apparently.”
With appalling acts of vandalism such as this being done against the very heroes protecting the lives and rights of even these wicked individuals, it’s hard not to reach the same conclusion.
“’This isn’t just a piece of bronze. This means somebody’s life has been given for this country,” Hiles went on to say.
An employee at a post near the cemetery, Bridgett Smith, stated, “We switched to a cheaper metal that’s not expensive, and they’re not taking those.”
The thieves are not even after the bronze medallions but the brass rods that holds the medallions in place. The brass rods they can sell but the medallions would be recognized and draw the attention of the police. The bronze medals, therefore, are simply tossed away like so much trash.
Each piece of Bronze ‘trash’ snatched from a heroes resting place reportedly cost $35 each. Because of this, military officials will now be replacing the bronze with a much less costly material, aluminum and steel. The cost of the new medallions will be as low as $13 a piece.
The American Legion has already raised close to $2,000 to not only replace the stolen medallions but medallions for our future veteran heroes as well.
Post commander Wayne Zeman stated, “It’s bad enough robbing graves and robbing veteran’s graves of, like I said, in a lot of cases the only thing that notates it’s a veteran’s grave in the first place.”
There should be a special place in prison for the unconscionable deeds of these cowards.
Grave Robbery, Military medallions
By Lorra B.