Stealing From a Veteran’s Grave

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - "He was a real good man. He was good to the family. He was good to everybody he knew.”

Neil Griffin died in 2008. He was a preacher and a World War II veteran.  He served in the Navy. At his final resting place, there is a flagpole that is supposed to have a United States flag on it.

For the third time, someone has cut the ropes and stolen the flag.

It’s a crime that that shakes your faith in humanity. It is particularly painful for Neil Griffin’s widow Louise.

"I feel real bad. I’m a stickler and can't stand to think that someone would take anything from anybody. That is one thing that I was taught when I was a kid that it's wrong to steal.”

Many in the community are outrages.  With Veteran’s Day so close, it’s particularly painful.

“It’s a disgrace.”

Sandra Thompson is the director of the Veteran’s Museum in Limestone County.  She was in the Air Force for 21 years.

“It’s a total disgrace … especially for a World War II veteran.   It’s almost Veteran’s Day. These are the times that we should be honoring these individuals.

And the museum is not sitting by idly while police search for the person who did this.

Tuesday morning, October 29, the Veteran’s Museum will put up another flag on Neil Griffin’s website.

Maybe the person who stole the other flags will leave this one alone.

1 Comment

  • Alisa

    My dad served in the Navy for 21 years and was an avid coin collector. He passed away two years ago this December and when his family goes to visit his grave we leave a Penney, dime or maybe a quarter on his headstone and someone seems to help themselves with taking my dads little tokens we leave for him. I just some people would have a little respect for our loved ones.

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