Somewhere on or about July 4 this year, my family was burglarized of some of our family heirlooms from our father’s grave site at the Lester Barnett Cemetery.
Our father was a very patriotic Vietnam veteran and an avid outdoorsman, so on special occasions (like the Fourth of July); our mother would lay a handmade American flag afghan (crafted with her own two hands) on dad’s grave for the day. There were also two concrete morel mushrooms (approximately 6 inches tall) to represent dad’s favorite time of the year, mushroom season. The flag and the mushrooms were taken.
We understand the risk of leaving these items, but we also understand the respect that a Vietnam veteran’s grave site deserves. It’s a shame that not all people are taught this respect.
We have already checked with the cemetery board and the maintenance crew to make sure they didn’t remove these items. Our family would greatly appreciate if these items were returned, and if not, we hope those that took them will somehow find a way in your broken souls to enjoy them as much as we have.
Riki Dial Jr., Springfield