Vandal’s alibi did not match the evidence!
Residents of Henderson, Kentucky were devastated Saturday morning to learn someone had driven through the Memorial Day cross display in Central Park, mowing down over 160 crosses. The display contains more than 5,000 crosses, each one bearing the name of a Henderson resident who has served in the military.
By Saturday afternoon, police had already made an arrest. They say the car was driven through the park about 6 a.m. by Anthony Burris, 27, of Henderson. He tried to deny it, saying he left the car at McDonald’s on South Green Street because it just stopped running.
Officers found the car – a 1979 Ford Thunderbird – with pieces of a cross and ground stake embedded in the tires. Burris was arrested and taken to the Henderson County Detention Center.
At least 20 of the crosses were completely destroyed, but local volunteers were able to put about 140 of them back in the ground. The American Legion has vowed to repair or replace all damaged crosses by Memorial Day.
“For somebody to do this to a veteran who gave his life, I don’t understand. I don’t have any words. I’m speechless,” Jim Hanley, a member of the Legion, said Saturday morning.
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VETERANS’ MEMORIAL RUINED BY VANDALS!