Veteran's Memorial Vandalized

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A veteran, worn and weathered, sat at the wall, in tears. They didn't understand his sacrifice. They didn't remember all the good men he remembered. They hadn't seen brave men die, crying out for their mothers, like he did. He wondered if, maybe, they would have understood respect if they had seen what he had seen. He said, shaking with indignation, "I'm angry."

The morning of Friday, September 13th revealed an embarrassing display of immaturity. The Armed Forces Memorial that stands in Wagner's community park had been vandalized during the night. The ground around the memorial was littered with brown apple cores that had been used to draw and write on the stone that held veteran's names.

Although he asked to remain anonymous, the veteran leapt into action and called the mayor, Don Hosek. Hosek, upon being notified of the occurrence, immediately put a call in to the police. Beyond this, it is unclear what actions were taken to remedy the situation.

The veteran, sitting at the memorial, overcome with grief at the lack of respect shown the men who fought to protect us, taught a rare lesson in perspective that morning. He did not blame, nor did he speak rashly, but he did ask why. Why and how someone was allowed to grow up without being taught to respect those who give their lives to protect them.

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