Vandals damage Ga. soldiers memorial

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7:08 AM
Last updated 7:09 PM
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SAVANNAH -- Weekend vandals who left tire tracks on the grass and stones of the Soldiers Stone Monument at Battlefield Memorial Park did as much as $25,000 damage to the memorial at the corner of Louisville Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Damage can be seen to memorial

The monument, which is maintained by the Coastal Heritage Society, includes 800 granite stones that sit atop submerged pylons and represent those who died or were wounded during the Battle of Savannah in 1779 during the American Revolution. The vandals, whose tire tracks cut circles in the grass and on top of the monument, damaged more than 70 stones, 35 of which had to be removed completely.

“The monument doesn’t look like a whole lot from the top, but it was a tedious thing to get done,” said Eric Davenport, senior project manager for Coastal Heritage Society Construction Preservation.

“There is a pylon under each stone, and we had to follow a specific grade to make sure they were all even and on the same elevation,” Davenport said. “We’re going to spend an astonishing amount of time and money trying to get this back to the way it was, and we may never get it back the same way it was.”

Davenport said whoever damaged the monument left behind shards of silver from the rims of the vehicle’s tires, which was most likely a truck. Savannah-Chatham police are reviewing the traffic camera at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard because the monument property isn’t equipped with security cameras. Davenport also has been in contact with surrounding hotels and Parker’s convenience store in hope their cameras might provide more insight into the vandalism that he believes happened late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

He urges anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re trying to repair this as quickly as we can. Any information would be helpful,” said Davenport. “It’s a great space, a lot of people use it and we use it for interpretation to tell the Battle of Savannah. It’s a crucial part of our programming, and it’s unfortunate because we can’t do a good job of telling that story right now.”

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jimmymac 03/05/14 - 09:00 am

Fine the stupid idiot responsible and make them do all the repairs themselves. Then throw them in jail for 10 years to let them suffer for this desecration.

nocnoc 03/05/14 - 09:12 am
What kind of stupid morons do something like this?

Take your pick,
they damaged or destroyed 70 grave markets costing about $25,000 in damages.

Using the Low end Misdemeanor charges only

16-7-23 - Criminal damage to property in the second degree
(a) A person convicted of this offense of criminal damage to property in the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years per count.

16-7-21 - Criminal Trespass
(e) A person commits the offense of criminal trespass when he or she intentionally defaces, mutilates, or defiles any grave marker, monument, or memorial to one or more deceased persons who served in the military service. Not less than one nor more than five years per count .

Fiat_Lux 03/05/14 - 01:57 pm
So, 70 years to 350 years sounds just about right.

Even if caught and convicted, it would not surprise me if no jail time is even assigned. Our justice system isn't particularly loyal to the United States as far as I can tell. It seems to do very little to defend law-abiding citizens and has nothing to do with protecting our heritage.

edcushman 03/05/14 - 02:21 pm
"It seems to do very little

"It seems to do very little to defend law-abiding citizens and has nothing to do with protecting our heritage."
Fiat_Lux, didn't you know that our heritage was evil so should not be protected. Just ask the clown in the WH and the clown that is AG.

Dixieman 03/06/14 - 07:24 am
A new low

Catch them and make them clean up the damage they did as their punishment.
With their tongues.

myfather15 03/06/14 - 08:19 am
Unbelievable!! This is what's

Unbelievable!! This is what's wrong with people today!! These "new" generations have no clue what true sacrifice is!! They have no idea what HONOR AND DIGNITY means!!

They have no idea the blood, sweat and courage it took to secure their freedom and they probably don't CARE!!! These type people deserve no freedom!! They deserve to have to dig ditches for many years!! Their daily lives should consist of digging ditches all day, then reading about America's History all evening, until bed. Get up and repeat the same the next day, for many years!!

CobaltGeorge 03/06/14 - 08:24 am
There Is No Doubt,

if I was there and saw this happening, I would be looking through bars this very minute. Mutated humans that did this has to be eradicated from breathing the same air that we do.

Marinerman1 03/06/14 - 01:08 pm
I'm With You, CG

There are some yahoos that tear up the greenspace in back of Kohl's @ Mullins Crossing. One of these days, I might get to see them in the act. Promise you'll come visit me... : - )

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