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Vandals damage veterans’ headstones, monuments at San Antonio National Cemetery

San Antonio National Cemetery (DoD photo by Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes)
December 15, 2017

Dozens of headstones and monuments were broken, destroyed or desecrated at the San Antonio National Cemetery after vandals broke in on Wednesday, Fox 29 San Antonio reported.

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“This is appalling for our veterans, their loved ones and our San Antonio community,” Sara Elton, Chief of Operations for VA National Cemetery Administration’s Continental District, told Fox 29. “We regret that we have to spend resources repairing vandalism. But San Antonio National Cemetery will return to its status as a National Shrine for our Veterans’ service and sacrifices.”

“It’s heartbreaking,” said National Cemetery Director Frieda Robinson. “It’s sad. You would just hope that people would think more of people who have given so much for us. It just hurts. It really hurts.”

According to Robinson, the damage is esimated to be between $3,000 and $5,000, KSAT reported.

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“Those headstones are irreplaceable. They were there at the time of the burials. You’re talking about headstones that are 75 to 100 years old,” Robinson added.