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A dishonorable act

Alex Green • Jun 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM


Area residents are outraged, and perhaps sickened, by a classless act.

Debbie Hymore-Tester and Diane Belden placed about 40 small American flags on veterans' graves at Lakeview Cemetery during Memorial Day weekend, only to find them missing and broken Tuesday.

"I was very angry (when I found out)," Hymore-Tester said. "Diane and I worked hard to show respect."

Cemeteries and veterans have been popular topics of discussion in Port Clinton.

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone recently vowed to clean up the city cemeteries after the grounds were left in poor condition during Memorial Day weekend and prior to it, he said.

In December, Belden helped organize a memorable event: Catawba Island's participation in Wreaths Across America. Wreaths were placed on the graves of hundreds of deceased veterans that snowy day.

But despite all the attention and respect the cemeteries have been shown recently, someone, or a group of people, allegedly stole or broke all the flags Hymore-Tester and Belden placed.

The majority disappeared, Hymore-Tester said, while others were found broken in or around Lakeview Cemetery.

"It was despicable," she said. "People showed disrespect."

The women have since replaced the stolen or broken flags, but the damage has been done.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Port Clinton police at (419)-734-3121.

The alleged thief could potentially face multiple counts of theft, police said.

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