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Is nothing sacred?
28 October 2011, 19:33
Filed under: Bizory monument, Gettysburg | Tags: , ,

The Royal British Legion had put up a bronze statue of a soldier in memory of all those from Tidworth who had fought and died in World War II. Unfortunately, with metal prices soaring, two men spent 40 minutes removing the statue one night, putting it in their car, likely to sell off as scrap metal.

I’ve written about Mark Patterson’s vandalism of the Bizory monument before. There is some good news there: when I asked another visitor to check for the vandalism, they couldn’t find it, so it may either have been repaired or been worn down to unnoticeable levels after 18 months. Mark’s was at least trying to make a point with what he had done. This act makes that seem miniscule, but the problem is that when even those dedicated to preserving the memory of WWII feel free to disrespect the monuments, how can we expect the average person to hold them sacred?

I worry for Gettysburg, where there are so many monuments and a history of damage and theft.

Hat tip to Paul Woodadge for posting about it on Facebook.

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Although there really wasn’t much of anything to repair, Mark went there in June and repaired the stone. It was perfectly done and no remnants of what he wrote or marks from the repair remain. However, I have been notified that someone has taken it upon themself to sand it, leaving swirl marks in the stone.

Comment by Heywood

That’s terrific that he made repairs. Did he take before and after photos? It would be nice to be able to post that as an update. Odd that someone would go scratch it up afterward.

Comment by David Navarre




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