A bridge too far: Vandals cut down 9/11 Memorial flagpole in NY village

A bridge too far: Vandals cut down 9/11 Memorial flagpole in NY village
9/11/2001. U.S. National Park Service

They ripped down a statue of Christopher Columbus and tossed in the harbor, and we did nothing. They defaced synagogues and a statue of an abolitionist, and we did nothing. They defaced a statue of a war hero who helped blacks, and we did nothing. They destroyed a sculpture of the Father of our Nation, and we did nothing.

This time, they’ve gone too far, and we need to do something. According to the Times Herald-Record, a newspaper in Orange County New York, just north of New York City, vandals in the town of Washingtonville destroyed a flagpole at the center of a 9/11 memorial that honors five firefighters from the area who died in the World Trade Center collapse.

The severed pole was discovered and reported early Wednesday morning. Washingtonville Police Chief Brian Zaccaro said the culprits used a tool to cut through the composite material at about four to five feet from the base, and scrawled a message in marker on the part of the pole that remained standing.

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Remembrances of the greatest disaster that ever occurred on American soil and tributes to the heroes who sacrificed their lives trying to save their fellow countrymen are on hallowed ground. Desecrating these monuments is akin to vandalizing graves.

This act crosses a line. A slap on the wrist by local law enforcement simply won’t cut it this time. The cretins behind this act need to made an example of.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."