Veterans’ graves were disrespected in a “sickening” manner, according to one man paying his respects on Memorial Day.
The incident occurred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, the man said.
Brian McGowan was there visiting his grandfather’s grave when he saw some things that made him sick to his stomach. Here is an excerpt from his post.
“Went to Jefferson Barracks today, to pay respects to my grandfather. I’ve been there a hundred times, but have never been as disgusted as I was today. One lady thought it appropriate to pull her vehicle onto the grass among the graves. Another group of 3 people (white pickup) brought their dog with them, and the dog proceeded to p*** all over several graves. SICKENING.”
Along with the rant and the image above, McGowan was able to capture additional pictures of the people disrespecting veterans’ graves in action.
Cemetery director Jeff Barnes told KTVI that out of the “tens of thousands” who were there to pay respects over Memorial Day, “99.9 percent followed the rules and regulations.”
“We had very few complaints, so this is very unfortunate,” he added.
At the time of this post, many agreed with McGowan’s disgust.
“My parents are buried there, I’m as disgusted as you,” said one woman. “Why can’t people show just a little respect for our veterans?”
“Unbelievable,” wrote a male commenter. “Most of us walk around respectfully… a car, that’s insane. A beating may have been in order. I don’t like things I can’t comprehend and that is driving me crazy. I’m trying to think of any possible reason? It’s not working. I think the dog should have peed in their vehicle.”
“What the h*** is wrong with people?” asked Cathy Mcclurg, while Stacy Brannam called it “absolutely absurd!”
“Chris’ grandparents are here and we visit when we are in the area. Jefferson Barracks is a sight to see if you have never been, but to treat it with the utmost disrespect is insane!” she added.
While some figured that the people must not have known better, they still could not tolerate how disrespectful it was to do this to veterans’ graves, or anyone’s, for that matter.
Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a long line of these types of stories. Most recently, two hearse drivers were fired for stopping for coffee while a veteran’s casket was in the back.
Do you think people who disrespect veterans’ graves as illustrated above should be fined? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via Facebook, linked above]