2013.03.13 Lanny Simpkins: Lack of respect shown at war memorial

Written by David Green.

Saturday was such a nice day and after being cooped up in the house for almost two months and since I didn’t have to go to Adrian for radiation treatments, I decided to walk to the park.

When I got there I walked over to the guns and memorial stone and was shocked at what I found. Someone, old or young, I’m betting it was kids, tore the west bench right off of the big stone.

Every year for the last 10 or 15 years I have gone down and pressure washed the stone and the area. I have painted the guns at least four times to keep them looking good. The Garden Club plants flowers in the big flower pot. George Dilworth donated tires for the guns, to keep them looking good. All of this for what?

We have people in this town who have no respect for anything, not even themselves. All those young men and women who lost their lives for which the stone represents and to have someone do this to it. The worst part is there probably won’t be a thing done to try to find who did it. They have no idea what those young people went through so we can have a park to even put the memorial for them in.

I’m wondering if what I’m going through is even worth it when we are living with people like this who have no respect.

– Lanny Simpkins

North Street, Morenci

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