Another Decatur Cemetery Vandalism Incident, Reward OfferedDecatur Metro | November 11, 2012 | 8:34 am
You may recall the report from a couple of weeks back regarding vandalism at the Decatur Cemetery. A now reader writes in with another report…
When volunteers arrived at Decatur Cemetery on Saturday morning to place flags for the “Salute to Veterans” commemoration on Sunday, November 11, they found graffiti spray painted on about 10 different very visible places in the old, most historic section of the cemetery. An unknown person or persons damaged several walls and the historic gazebo with racial and sexual slurs. This incident occured between the departure of the cemetery staff Friday evening the volunteers’ arrival about 9 AM Saturday.
Decatur police responded, a report was taken, and evidence was gathered.
While many school children and civic groups gave their time to honor those who fought for this country in every war since the American Revolution, the cemetery staff was busy trying to clean up or disguise the work of inconsiderate and malicious person or persons. The placement of the flags was delayed, but over 1000 flags were in place by noon.
A reward of at least several hundred dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the damage. Officer Gilbert of Decatur Police is the investigating officer and any information should be given to him.
Come on, Decatur, we’re better than this!