ADVA Commissioner Issues Statement Regarding Vandalism and Theft at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort

ADVA Commissioner Issues Statement Regarding Vandalism and Theft at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort

The following statement was issued by Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) Commissioner Kent Davis on August 9 regarding a recent robbery at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort :

“ADVA is very proud to serve the approximately 400,000 veterans who call Alabama home. In our 77 years as a Department of State, we have established many prominent programs, including the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort. It was a world-class facility when it opened in 2012, and ADVA has continued to enhance its reputation by implementing upgrades and improvements. In the past few months alone, the facility has been carrying out a project to raise and realign all headstones in the cemetery, and the State Board of Veterans Affairs has approved a proposal to begin Phase 2 of the expansion. of the establishment.

“You can imagine our reaction on Sunday evening when we discovered that someone had stolen the beautiful bronze seals of US military service which are displayed on a memorial wall under the American flag opposite the cemetery’s incarceration shelter. In the process, the thief damaged the memorial wall which contains not only poles for the American flag, but also the flags of the state of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as other Cemetery Properties This is a solemn area of ​​the cemetery where families and friends gather to remember, honor and mourn the loss of a loved one as they rest.

“We are outraged and embarrassed by this disrespectful act of desecration to Alabama veterans and their loved ones. The $6,000 in stolen property can and will be replaced, but this egregious act of theft from a cemetery for those who served our great nation with dignity is simply amazing.

“We and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office are asking for assistance in this matter and that anyone with information contact the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 251-937-0202.”

Dr. Barry Booth, a strong supporter and driving force behind the establishment of the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort, also expressed his frustrations. “It’s heartbreaking that someone would take advantage of a veterans cemetery and do something like this,” he said. “It’s an amazing facility that the community should have and be proud of.”

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