The Crazy Vandal Wound Up on Memorial Day in Illinois
ILLINOIS — May 27, 2018
209 swastikas appeared on cemetery headstones on the western edge of Illinois overnight on Friday.
It happened on Memorial Day weekend when residents of Glen Carbon were honoring the memory of the fallen at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates Cemetery, where more than 1,400 veterans lie.
Grounds superintendent of Sunset Hill Cemetery Mark Johnson said that he has never seen anything like this in the 30 years of his work.
“I don’t even know how to describe it to you. There are just tears and disillusionment and disappointment,” said another manager of the cemetery Jeanne Brunette.
Illinois's volunteers started to clean the graves before the Memorial Day event. Restaurants and businesses donated food and products, and their workers stood by, ready to help.
Police have arrested a 34-year-old man due in connection with the vandalism both in the cemetery and on houses in a neighboring community. The man has been charged with vandalism and criminal defacement of property over $500. Officers said the vandal didn’t appear to target any specific headstones.
“Also, prosecutors will file hate crime charges. The fact that he did this on Memorial Day weekend is inexcusable and disgusting behavior that we’re not going to tolerate,” noted Lt. Wayne White of the Glen Carbon.
President Donald Trump wrote on his Twitter account that such people would be punished by fate.