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Damage to All Veterans Park needs to stop          Send a link to a friend

My wife and I just returned from another of our many trips each day to All Veterans Park. Our hearts are broken!

We again surveyed all the damage that has been done: the scratches on the beautiful benches placed there for rest and meditation; the damaged bricks placed in reverent memory of those gallant men and women who have fought in the wars that have retained America for our families; and trash strewn, including many cigarette butts thrown carelessly into the area of the bricks.

This project was not started as an entertainment park for skateboarders, skaters, scooters, power scooters, bicycles or any other fun vehicle or object to run over the bricks, or as a trash depository. The bricks are not a walkway.

The bricks represent a site where family and friends can reflect and recollect loving memories of their veterans. Please do not continue to disrespect the veterans who have done so much to keep you and your family's freedom. These bricks represent not only your immediate family, but also your ancestors as far back as the Civil War and through the wars of today. Each brick is a story of that veteran's sacrifice. It is a way for families and friends to say thank you for everything and to proclaim that their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed nor shall be forgotten.

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All violators causing damage to any part of the All Veterans Park are subject to legal action.

Thank you for discontinuing this desecration!

Lincoln AMVETS Post 71
Arnold Haak

(Posted Aug. 13, 2005)

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