News

Veteran Grave Markers Stolen From War Memorial

Veterans noticed they went missing last week

TANNERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Veterans call it the lowest of the low. A thief or thieves have stolen from those who were laid to rest after serving our country.

Tom Bowditch says it hurts his heart.

"These guys fought to give you the right to do that, and now you're taking it out on them? It's definitely not right," Tom Bowditch, Commander of American Legion Post 903, explains.

Sometime last week, seventeen flag holders, which mark veterans graves, went missing from the Tannersville War Memorial along Route 611.

"I think it's sacrilegious for people to come up and steal this," says Charles Hamberger, member of American Legion Post 903.

Adding insult to injury, the American Flags were ripped off the markers and thrown in the pond nearby.

"It's just another slap in the face," Hamberger adds.

Members of American Legion Post 903 poured their time and hearts into upgrading the memorial over the past five years. Bowditch explains, "it's almost like a place of healing, too."

Police are actively checking surveillance footage and contacting scrap yards for leads.

"We're appalled by it. Our moral conscious is upset someone would do that," says Chief Kent Werkheiser, Pocono Township Police Department.

To deter future vandalism, more lighting will be added around the memorial.

"Nobody in their right mind is going to come out to the front and take anything, so we're going to try and light up the back a little more," Bowditch adds.

Veterans hope the person or people responsible will pay the price, before they can cash in on anyone else's pain.

"The individual who took this probably needs a lot of help," Hamberger says.

This isn't the first time someone has stolen from American Legion Post 903. Right before Veteran's Day last year, poppy flower donations were swiped from a restaurant in Mount Pocono.

Call Pocono Township Police Department with any information.


Don't Miss

  • Text Alerts
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Spa Week
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Community Appearance
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center