Monday, October 11, 2010

Greenville, NC Veterans Memorial Vandalized

Greenville, NC police received notice Sunday that the Veterans Memorial statue had been vandalized.
The memorial, added in 2007 was the classic boots, rifle and helmet used to show a fallen hero.

The rifle and helmet were torn away, and the boots are loose. This is an insult to everyone who ever
served in the U.S. military. This is not a crime just against the memorial or the city but to all those
who wore the uniform of our country.

Greenville holds a ceremony and parade every year on Veterans Day, November 11, and this year they
will be without the monument. This was a place of honor and respect and now it has been ruined for the veterans of Greenville.

This is the type of wound felt very deeply, and hits deeper to those who have served in the military;
and to those who have lost loved ones who died fighting to protect the freedom and protect our country.

The person or persons responsible for this atrocity should be prosecuted to the full extent possible. They deserve to be held up to the public scorn they so richly deserve.

Greenville Parks and Recreation are working to repair the statute, which could cost $10,000 to replace.
In the meantime a sign stating the statute is under repair will be placed beside it.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996