Damage, trash at memorials a sad act

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

There may not be enough money in the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s budget to fix the more than 50 memorial bricks chipped, cracked and marked up by suspected skateboard or bicycle riders – or even those who simply plunked down lawn chairs with legs that damaged the brick. A brass sign nearby also is scratched and badly damaged, according to museum director and founder Gary Farris.

In other parts of the park, Farris and other volunteers found discarded food and drinks left on top of the American Legion World War II memorial.

At a time when many of us were thinking about the debt owed to the folks honored by these monuments, others were showing a disturbing level of ignorance and disrespect. And while cleanup of trash left by thoughtless individuals might be a relatively simple task, albeit one that requires more work by volunteers, finding the funds to repair the damage done to the Stepping Stones of Honor is another matter…

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