Shanna Riley March 21st, 2008
When I created the "Desecration" category for this blog, it was my honest hope I'd have no cause to use it - and that, even if I did, it would not be very often.
Despite my hopes, however, I am here again to tell you of the saddening defilement that has taken place, once more, in my native state of Louisiana.
Suspect Gary Glover is now behind bars for sneaking into cemeteries in Ascension Parish - mostly on the East Bank - and stealing the traditional, brass markers that mark the graves of our brave countrymen and women that have served us in our United States military. He would, then, turn around and sell the markers at local scrapyards. Now, a number of those scrapyard owners are, also, in jail for not keeping accurate records.
Desecrating or stealing from someone's final resting place is quite possibly the lowest of the low - to do so to those that served our country in times of war and fought for our freedom goes beyond the pale. What then won't such a person stoop to?
As the commenter in the article on WAFB about this atrocity reflected, "Nothing is sacred anymore."
WAFB has provided a list of names of soldiers they know whose markers have been taken - some are not, and may never be, recovered. Please review the names at the "Cemetery Threats" article. You are urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office (225-621-8375) if you recognize any of these unfortunate soul's names.