Three black suspects were caught on surveillance camera Wednesday reportedly unintentionally vandalizing the 125-year-old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Security cameras captured the vandals in action. One of them climbed on the artillery statute and broke off a piece of bronze on statuary’s cannon,” local station WKYC reported.
According to caretaker Shane Doyle, fixing the damage won’t be easy.
“You cannot superglue, you can’t go to any Ace Hardware, Home Depot,” he said. “You have to get a special welder to weld this piece of bronze back on and its quite expensive. It’s just like going into a cemetery and kicking over a headstone.”
The footage seen below was recorded around 5:50 pm Wednesday afternoon, reportedly 20 minutes after the monument was closed for the day:
The same thing happened five summers ago when yet another three black suspects were caught climbing and damaging the monument.
“The three were caught on surveillance video climbing and damaging the Public Square monument in the early morning of June 22, 2014. The group was drinking at West 6th Street bars prior to the incident,” The Plain’s Dealer reported after the three pleaded guilty the following year.
“Same statuary,” Doyle said. “There were three kids on top of that one. They broke the elevation spindle off the cannon.”
He suggested though that, unlike the drunken vandalism that occurred in 2014, the vandalism that occurred this time wasn’t motivated by malice — that it’d essentially been a mistake.
“But you can’t excuse it, alright,” he added. “He didn’t fall out of an airplane and bump his head and knock a piece off. He climbed up, and he broke a piece off.”
Listen to his interview with WKYC below:
His belief that this act of vandalism wasn’t intentional is a bit comforting, though the suspects should have spoken up instead of just scurrying away like criminals.
It’s comforting because of a pernicious anti-Americanism that’s been growing for the past decade or so. It’s this anti-Americanism that’s led to the purposeful toppling of Confederate statues; the purposeful renaming of streets, schools, etc., named after important historical figures; and the growing sentiment that America has something to atone for. It doesn’t.
According to the Center for Public History, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland was “built to honor the 10,000 Cuyahoga county residents who fought in the Civil War”
“Almost fifteen years after Major William J. Gleason first suggested the idea of honoring the bravery of these local Union soldiers, the monument was finally dedicated on July 4, 1894,” the center notes.
“This long-anticipated event featured a parade over five miles long, an opening address made by William McKinley, performances by the Great Western Band, and children singing anthems of patriotism.”
One hundred and fourteen years later, in 2008, “an extensive restoration began on the Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument lasting two years and totaling two million dollars. Reopened to the public on June 4, 2010, this symbol of pride for the residents of Cuyahoga county can now be visited and appreciated year round.”
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Except for when idiots vandalize it … though again, at least this vandalism wasn’t intentional.
It was however 100 percent intentional when, two years ago in North Carolina, a whole crowd of far-left activists toppled a monument to Confederate soldiers in Durham.
During the protest, a woman climbed up the statue located at the entrance of the Durham County courthouse and affixed a rope to it. Using the rope, the crowd quickly pulled the statue from the its pedestal and began spitting on it and kicking it when it fell to the ground.
The statue was erected in 1924 “in memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray,’” and is one of several war monuments around the courthouse. Other monuments near the site include memorials to both World Wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“It needs to be removed,” Loan Tran, one of the protest’s organizers, told local station WNCN at the time. “These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country.”
This was one of the most anti-American acts of vandalism in recent history.
Meanwhile, the move to erase America’s history has grown so prominent that a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate has come out in favor of renaming events named after founding father Thomas Jefferson.
“A very blunt question because you talk about going to every Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Indiana when you were running statewide. Should Jefferson-Jackson dinners be renamed everywhere because both were holders of slaves?” candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was asked during a radio show interview in May.
He replied by saying Indiana is in the process of scrubbing Jefferson’s names from events and places.
“Yeah, we’re doing that in Indiana. I think it’s the right thing to do. You know, over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor. And I think we know enough, especially Jackson, you know, you just look at what basically amounts to genocide that happened here,” he said.
He continued, “Jefferson’s more problematic. You know, there’s a lot to, of course, admire in his thinking and his philosophy. Then again, as you plunge into his writings, especially the notes on the state of Virginia, you know that he knew that slavery was wrong.”
The mayor then clarified that he doesn’t want Jefferson scrubbed from the history books or not recognized for his work as a founding father, but that he does want nothing to be named after him.
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