Vandalism at Butler County Cemetery

Beth Embry's family visits the Flatwoods Cemetery every Memorial Day.

"Its just a lot of family here. This means a lot to us," Embry said.

But this holiday was nearly ruined, when Beth's family realized someone had stolen decorations from her relatives' gravesites.

"They vandalized it. They took a part of us they shouldn't have taken," she said.

Perhaps the most insulting thing wasn't the decorations that had been stolen, but all of the veteran's flags had been taken, except one.

"We're at war, there's our flags, we've always had flags all over the cemetery - there's no flags, they've all been taken off," Embry said.

Embry's brother Gregory Lee was killed in a car accident four years ago. Someone took the shepherd's rods from his grave, but left the flowers. Her uncle's gravesite didn't fare as well.

"We had a windmill on my uncle's grave and just a lot of different stuff and they took everything off it," she explained.

The Lee family first noticed the decorations missing on May 24, 2007. The family was hoping the American flags, which where going to be put on the graves that Friday, wouldn't fall to the same fate as the rest of the decorations, but he flags were gone by the weekend.

"I was mad, I was just really mad. It upset me because you love them, first of all," Embry said.

Embry also said things have been removed from her family's gravesites before, but never to this magnitude.

The Lee Family has reported the vandalism to the Butler County Sheriff.


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