City crews install security cameras around Huntsville’s Veterans Memorial to deter vandalism

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — When the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Huntsville was first dedicated in 2011, the city hoped it wouldn’t have to come to this.

“We were hoping it wasn’t necessary,” said Huntsville General Services Director Jeff Easter.

Officials contemplated the idea of putting security cameras in place, but acts of vandalism throughout the last year, accelerated it. Easter said the city recently installed roughly a dozen cameras throughout the specially made memorial to keep a watchful eye on the pristine park.

“They’re really high resolution cameras, so that, hopefully, if we do see it again, which we hope we don’t, that we will be able to know who they are,” he said.

The city spent about $20,000 to purchase and install the cameras. They feed video back to another location where it is recorded, but it can also be watched in real time.

Easter said, though, he soon learned that the constant surveillance comes with an added benefit.

“We’re actually seeing when the flags might need to be replaced a little easier because the people are watching the video and they can see a fray on one of the flags. So, we’re not having to wait to come down here and inspect it on site,” he said.

Officials can also make sure the eternal flame continues to burn.

Ultimately, the measures have been put in place to protect the memorial that honors those who protected us all.

“It is a world-class facility and it is our intent to keep it that way,” Easter said.