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Stealing at cemeteries breaks trust

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT

From Joy Foster


Graceland Cemetery always looks beautiful at Memorial Day. I grew up in Creston and have relatives buried at the Graceland Cemetery. Every year my family decorates those gravesites. My parents usually water our flowers and then retrieve them at the end of the decoration period because we want to care for the flowers at home or reuse the planters for the next year.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance. Well, we have a new memory for the holiday.

For the past three (3) years someone has stolen the live flowers from my dad’s, Warren Lee Case, grave. He has been deceased for 43 years. I wouldn’t think much of one year but THREE years in a row is too much, and why? I don’t understand what the world has come to when someone steals flowers off a gravesite. Were the flowers taken to decorate someoneelse’s gravesite or taken home to decorate their yard?

I’ve heard of stealing merchandise from a store, vehicles, money and a person’s trust. But why would someone steal flowers at a cemetery? These graves are sites of deceased loved ones. Does the thief think no one will know? We know! And you have not only stolen our flowers but our trust in people.

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