Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lafayette Crosses: Vandal Not A Marine

CBS5 reported last night that the vandal who knocked down the sign at the Lafayette Memorial to our war-dead in Iraq was not a Marine:
Louise Clark, an 81-year-old woman who owns the property along with her World War II veteran husband, said that many people have told her that they think the memorial is beautiful and some people have been putting flowers and other objects near the crosses.

"Many people have phoned and e-mailed and nobody has complained," Clark said. "Each person who has called me has taken it very personally," she said.

However, several people have addressed the Lafayette City Council with concerns about the memorial and concerns about the sign counting the number of troops who have died, prompting the City Council to hold an informational hearing on the subject during their meeting Monday.


The only incident of vandalism to the installation was when a woman claiming to be a U.S. Marine kicked it and dragged it down the hill shortly after he put it up, Heaton said.

A representative from the U.S. Marine Corps, however, has since told Heaton that there is no record of anyone with the woman's name ever having served in the Marine Corps.

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