On Memorial Day weekend, veteran’s cemetery desecrated with swastikas

On Memorial Day weekend, veteran’s cemetery desecrated with swastikas
Image: WDBJ video screen grab

[Ed. – Any question that the people who did this deserve to be called ‘animals’?]

Glen Carbon Police Lieutenant Wayne White told news media that over 200 headstones at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois were painted with swastikas overnight. The Cemetery is the final resting place for over 1,300 US veterans. Both Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are investigating.

Update: The Edwardsville Police Department has arrested a 34 year old white male for this incident. More information will be released after he is charged.

The vandalism was discovered on Saturday morning. Black paint was used to spray the swastikas on the headstones. Officials have called for “all hands on deck” to help clean up the cemetery for the Memorial Day service on Monday.

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“We haven’t seen anything of this magnitude in the 30 years that I’ve been here.” Mark Johnson, Sunset Hills Grounds Superintendent

They plan to powerwash the headstones, hoping to get the black paint off by service time on Monday.

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