CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Vandals damaged a community’s military monument. A heartbreaking discovery for Medina County veterans and their families.
The Gold Star monument, located just behind the York Township Building, cost about $140,000 to build. But, according to the veterans who stopped by to see the damage what it represents to those who served is priceless.
“My father was a World War II veteran. My father-in-law spent 22 years in the military, so I take this very personally,” Richard Monroe said.
Monroe called the Medina County sheriff’s office to report that the largest Gold Star monument in America, located in the heart of the township was vandalized.
Kenneth Baca, Chief Deputy of Medina County Sheriff’s Office posted the vandalism on the sheriff’s Facebook page.
“We don’t know who’s responsible for doing this or why they did it. We’re certainly asking the community if the have any information please call the detective’s bureau,” Baca said.
The memorial honors families of veterans for their sacrifice following the loss of a loved one.
“I think it’s terrible. I think it shows a lack of respect for anybody in our society to do this toward veterans. It’s a disgrace,” one visitor told Cleveland 19 when he came to see the memorial.
The monument has five panels honoring each branch of the U.S. military.
The panel representing the Army was pushed over and broken. Carl Lee Hicks served 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, stopped by to see the damage.
“We help put blocks in here. Me and my girl, we also helped put in the blocks and do the work here. I’m just shocked and saddened by this, as all our veterans will be,” Hicks said.
The Medina County Sheriff’s Office wants your help to find the culprit. You can call the detectives department at 330-725-6631.