October 21, 2007
It is with increasing distress that I read this morning, Liberty County Veteran’s Grave Vandalized. What distresses me, beyond the normal ghoulish and morbid act of defacing and vandalizing a grave site, is that this young man, Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris sacrificed his life for his country fighting an enemy far away from our shores to keep them from getting here.
I never knew Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris or his family but have known many like him throughout the years and see him as an American Hero, worthy of all the respect and honor a grateful nation should pay him. To do such a ghastly act to his final resting place is beyond all reason.
Equally distressing is that isn’t an isolated incident, as many would think. The growing anti-war sentiment is once again spawning fruitcakes that, unable to force their view on others, resort to more heinous acts out of their frustration to sway opinions.
To be fair, I highly doubt the majority of the anti-war left, which is no secret I heartily disagree with, would condone such an evil and macabre act.
Since this war was brought to us in 2001 there has been increasing incidents of War Memorial, Veterans Memorial and Veterans Grave vandalism. A short list of these acts includes,
January 1995 New York Times, “Veterans' Memorial on L.I. Vandalized.”
December 2006, “Veterans cemetery in Fernley, NV vandalized.”
March 2003, California “American Legion in Raising Funds To Replace Vandalized Memorial ”
July 2006, Corpus Christi, Texas “Veterans Memorial repair still not complete”
April 2004, San Marcos, Texas “Vandals Deface Veterans Memorial”
January 2007, Pittsburgh, “War Memorial vandalized”
May 2007, Beeville, Texas "war memorial destroyed."
May 2007, Orcas Island, Washington Vandals Burn Dozens of American Flags Decorating Veterans' Graves, Replace With Swastikas
September 2007, Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial defaced
And now, we can add the grave of Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris, who was just buried this same week, to that growing list.
It is not only a shame that some black-hearted individuals choose to act in such a cowardly and disrespectful manner it is a crime. A Crime far worse than the spitting, both physical and emotional, we Viet Nam Veterans at times received upon our return home.
Almost as disturbing to me is that I hear of so few actual arrests for these heinous acts. Is it due to so few actually care and won’t provide information to the Police? I don’t know.
What I do know is that at one time, citizens wouldn’t rely on the Police to do something about people committing crimes as this. The citizens themselves would rise up and deal directly with such nefarious cretins that would vandalize either a grave or a Memorial to our Brave Troops who laid down their life for us.
Have we gotten so sympathetic and complacent that those whose blood has been spilled for our liberties and freedoms means so little to us? Not in the Texas I knew.
I pray for the return of not only that Texas, but America as well.
UPDATE: Texas Police Arrest Suspect in Vandalism of Marine's Grave