Popular memorial vandalized; town unites in response

In Aurora, Colorado, the Colorado Freedom Memorial was vandalized on July 3rd, causing what may amount to more that $55,000 in damage. The memorial is in place to honor Colorado citizens who died defending freedom, and it includes six thousand names.

“It’s hard to understand the mindset of someone that would damage something like this,” said Robert Terry, whose brother-in-law’s name is on the memorial. “You know it’s just beyond my comprehension.”

According to reports, authorities believe someone threw a rock at one of the glass panels that contain the engraved names.  Rick Crandall, founder of the Colorado Freedom Memorial, says that the vandal’s damage is hurtful to parents of the soldiers memorialized on the panels.

“Their kids are on this memorial,” Crandall said. “So whoever breaks it you broke a piece of glass you broke the heart of families whose hearts have been broken enough already. I mean this is beyond sick to me.”

John Harris, whose son Blake was included on the memorial after he was killed in Iraq 10-years ago, agrees.  “I think it’s an affront to every family member that has a name on the memorial,” Harris said.

Fundraisers have been launched to raise the money needed to repair the memorial, and a Go Fund Me effort has brought in over $10K since July 3.

This is only the latest in the recent attacks against memorials and monuments. In late June, a monument in Arkansas was destroyed only 24-hours after it was erected, when a man drove his car into it. Other patriotic and historical monuments around the country have been under attack recently by social justice warriors who find them offensive.

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