Walk of Heroes – Georgia Veterans War Memorial Damaged
Rockdale County – A Georgia Veterans War Memorial near Conyers was damaged by vandals and thieves over the weekend. They damaged the monument by breaking up the concrete, and stole two bronze figures, a plaque and a globe. According to The Rockdale Citizen Media, they also took plaques of Army and Marine Corps logos from the stage.
“A little anger, and a little disappointment, to realize that there are people in this country who have no respect for the veterans–you see it every day.” Norman Wheeler
Members on the local board of the Memorial are heartbroken that the monument was vandalized, and view it as an attack on veterans, according to 11Alive. The memorial was created to honor those who served in the US military over the last 100 years. Their names are etched into small concrete blocks surrounding the statues.
“This is just despicable, disgraceful and disheartening in so many ways.” Rockdale County Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt
Speculation is that the thieves were targeting the bronze, and perhaps planned to sell it. Since the statues were extremely heavy, the Sheriff’s Department believes that there were several perpetrators. Police have put out the word to local dealers who might be contacted by the thieves.
This is absolutely terrible! Tomorrow we will work with local officials to begin a fund and a plan for the restoration of this monument, which is not only a hollowed place for district 4 and the State of Georgia, but for all veterans nationwide. https://t.co/uPjCetqJmW
— JuanParksForCongress (@JuanParks4Ga) December 19, 2017
— James Hutton (@JEHutton) December 18, 2017
— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) December 19, 2017
It’s such a joyous time of the year. All this destruction is not necessary. If you have any information that could lead to answers please contact the authorities. #Atlanta #Conyers #Veterans https://t.co/joi1WA6zHS
— Ryan Redhawk (@RyanRedhawk) December 18, 2017
— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) December 18, 2017
Anyone with information on thevandalism/theft is urged to contact the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @RockdaleSheriff, or at 770-278-8188. If the tip leads to a conviction, there is a reward.