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Time fer a rant=VETERANS
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Ron/PA    Posted 01-06-2005 at 06:50:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well it's been a while so I'm due for a good one.
As a laborer, at the direction of my 84 year old father and similar task masters, I toil endlessly for a couple of hours each year placing flags on the graves of our veterans.
This story popped up in our local paper today and kinda prompted the need for a rant, or grouch.
When you visit a cemetary, and in particular the grave of a veteran, you should see an American flag, in a holder to honor that vet, for his service to his country, and countrymen.
The flag is what you salute, the flag is what he fought for, it's what he believed in, if you want a momento, it's what you should steal.
LEAVE THE STINKIN HOLDER ALONE!!!! If you take it, that vet may never again see a flag on his grave to commorate memorial day, he may never again be honored for his service. KEEP YER GRUBBY THIEVIN FINGERS OFF OF THE HOLDER THAT SOMEONE ELSE BOUGHT!
We have a couple of honest recycling centers around here, they buy these things from thieves, and GIVE them back to the Veteran's associations for placement on the graves. None of them will supply information so's we can arrest the thievin boogers that are selling them.
So we still have folks that'll rob a grave for profit, and yer thinkin about tellin me what kind of day to have??
I DON'T THINK SO,,,,
Ron


Red Dave    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:33:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Over the holidays I took my two youngest kids to show them where their Grandfather and Great-Grandparents are buried. Dad's veterans plaque (WW2) is cast right into the marker, so all was OK there. But my Grandfathers (WW1) was knocked over and the flag was gone. I put it back in place, but I wish there was a better way to secure it than just sticking it in the ground.


Sorry man...    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:24:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
If there is anything I can do in my area, let me know...

Salmoneye, The Incensed


bob ny    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:11:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
can i add to that? wall i am going to any who.
up till two tears ago a fellow vet and i mowed the cemetary .my kbees gave outand someone rlse does it now . this year a letter to the editor in the local rag complained about not trimming close to the stones.if they don't like the way it is dome than get off your a$$ and do it yourself i would send a nice letter to the paper but momma won't let me unless she proof reads it
and i think it may lose somthing.


Ron/PA    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don'tcha just hate it when they correct your work? lol
Ron


Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:09:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Time for a few Vets to put some Cammo Gear on and hide out waiting for them. Then put their names on the front page of the New Paper for all to deal with them! Mark H.


screaminghollow    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:06:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yrs back I met a fellow from Chester PA had a small foundry and made absolutely beautiful brass reproductions of early colonial artifacts. betty lamps etc. Some really nice whale oil lamps and a few other items. My ex wife had a small business selling such colonial items mail order and at some colonial fairs. She made a really nice return on the items we bought from him wholesale. Then one day I called to place an order and a police detective happened to answer the phone. It seems the brass for the items made at the foundry was being lifted from the cornerstones of churches, cemeteries and other buildings.


Ron/PA    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:16:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the problem here, many of the old markers were brass, so they get lifted and sold. Now adays they're aluminum and they sell well too.
The cemetaries don't have a corner on the market, our borough has a fair number of road signs stolen each year and sold for scrap. We're lucky we get those back as well.
Ron


Bkeepr    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:04:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Dad was a career soldier, fought in WW II, pretty highly decorated, and is buried in a veteran's cemetary in Maryland.

My Mom goes to the grave several times a week to visit it and decorate.

Inevitably, some low-life swine(s) steal the decorations!

At Christmas, the small decorated tree goes; at Easter, the cross; his birthday, the balloons; daily the nice flowers. Has been going on for years now. I wanted to sit guard and pound the crap out of the culprit, but Mom wouldn't hear of it...she's smarter than I.

Complaints to the management get the response that "it's a common problem, we can't police it all the time."

So I guess all we can do is keep keeping on, and hope that "they'll get theirs" in the future.

Thanks for taking care of your local vets!!
Tom A


Ron/PA    Posted 01-06-2005 at 07:13:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw Tom, I'm not taking care of them, they took care of me. But mostly it's cause them 'ole boys can still chew a big chunk outta my butt when they need to. LOL
Ron


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