Visalia Veteran’s Memorial Vandalized
Visalia, California – On Monday, June 11, a man hopped over the chains surrounding a Veteran’s Memorial “Battlefield Cross” and literally pounded, yanked, and twisted the cross until it was destroyed. When caught, he will face charges of vandalism to government property. Unless veterans get to him first.
A Battlefield Cross is about the fallen, those who didn’t get to come home. It’s been there about a year, and now the veteran’s organization will have to start over. They’ve stared a GoFundMe to get money to re-do the memorial.
The Veterans who worked hard to get the money (about $2,000) to erect the monument feel disrespected and angry. The man obviously did it intentionally, and with venom.
“That says you have absolutely no respect for those who have given and respected our country and many made the ultimate sacrifice, and that’s what that particular monument symbolizes…This person is psychologically unsound; he needs to be baptized in freedom. We need to put him in the military, send him over to Iraq and Afghanistan and let him find out what freedom really is.” Dennis Sirkin, Visalia Veteran’s Memorial to ABC
“It just really tears at my heart. It represents those who did not come home…He’s just pounding and pounding it on the ground, and it is almost as if I just envisioned a soldier’s head just being pounded to the ground.” Susan Spear, District Manager Visalia Veteran’s Memorial
Visalia Police are asking if anyone recognizes the person in the video to contact them or the Veteran’s Memorial. Mr. Sirkin made one statement that holds very true: “He’d better hope the police find him before the veterans do.”
#NEW: Vandal destroys monument for fallen soldiers in #Visalia. It happened outside the Visalia Memorial District. Tonight the search for the suspect who has left the veteran community in the South Valley feeling hurt and disrespected @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/12MeBr7i3q
— Cory James (@CoryABC30) June 12, 2018
100% A DEMOCRAT, BLM, ANTIFA OR LEFTIST TRASH. FIND HIM AMERICA, BUT DONE TURN HIM OVER RIGHT AWAY, PAY HIM LONG VISIT. Monument honoring fallen veterans vandalized in Visalia https://t.co/D4kqtrANmH via @abc30
— Tactical Martial Arts American Patriot (@Alexbobby2262C) June 14, 2018
— 1IDVET ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ (@1IDVET) June 13, 2018
Visalia veterans monument vandalism a ‘slap in the face’ to heroes https://t.co/5I9uozlkiI
— Matt-Wop (@Mattcheww5) June 13, 2018
This is where the police need to get off their asses and do their jobs! This is where Americans need to kick asses! Stamd up America! https://t.co/xDfuYYEHnj
— Two if by sea (@Stagecoach89429) June 13, 2018
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