Vandals steal bronze medallions American Legion provides for veteran gravestones
LaPorte [Indiana] veterans are rallying to raise money to replace more than 300 bronze medallions taken from veterans' graves in Patton Cemetery.
''People don't have any morals anymore, apparently,'' said James Hiles, financial officer for the American Legion Post 83 in LaPorte.
The bronze medallions listing the war and branch of service a veteran served are pulled out of gravesites. The thieves are then separating the bronze medallion from a brass fitting that holds it in place, selling the brass piece and throwing away the bronze medallion, police suspect.
Hiles speculates the medallions are discarded because, despite bronze having value, a scrap dealer might alert police if someone is trying to sell such military items.
I can't even fathom how someone could do this.
If you want to make a donation to help the post replace the markers:
Donations can be dropped off or mailed to American Legion Post 83, 228 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350.