BUT FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX.
SIGNS OF VALOR VANISH FROM THE GRAVES OF VETERANS
IT'S A CRIME THAT'S DIFFICULT TO FATHOM - STEALING
FROM THE GRAVES OF WISCONSIN VETERANS.
THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT INVESTIGATORS WITH THE DODGE
COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAY HAPPENED AT A BEAVER DAM
NEWS 3'S DAVE DELOZIER SPENT THE DAY THERE AND IS
BACK WITH THE DETAILS.
MICHELLE - TAKING ANYTHING FROM A GRAVE IS REPREHENSIBLE
- BUT WHAT THESE THIEVES TOOK WERE MEDALIONS PLACED
THERE TO HONOR THE VETERANS.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE BRONZE FLAG HOLDERS WERE
TAKEN FOR THEIR MONETARY VALUE.
TO THE VETERAN COMMUNITY AND THE FAMILIES - THIS ISN'T
ABOUT MONEY - IT IS ABOUT HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED.
many, many veterans here.
IN THIS PLACE - YOU BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING
OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE.
VETERANS WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY'S VERY EXISTENCE
AT A CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
A FLAG AND A DISTINCTIVE BRONZE HOLDER LET EVERYONE
KNOW - THEY ARE VETERANS
it meant her dad was in the service and he'd served
his country and he was proud that he served his country,
ON A HEADSTONE - THE NAME JOHN STAVROPOULOS - HE SERVED
DURING WORLD WAR II
i knew the man, i mean i went to school with his son
and you know he was a veteran and he was proud of
PRIDE AND HONOR THAT WAS EARNED.
PRIDE AND HONOR THAT SOMEONE STOLE A PIECE OF.
AS MANY AS 50 BRONZE VETERAN FLAG HOLDERS WERE STOLEN
FROM THIS CEMETERY IRONICALLY AROUND THE 4TH OF JULY.
it was independence weekend.
we were celebrating our freedom honoring those who
actually fought for our freedom and these individuals
chose to take that opportunity to go and steal that
it is so disrespectful t these fallen soldiers.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE BRONZE AND BRASS WERE STOLEN
FOR THEIR RESALE VALUE.
this is the first time.
THE FIRST TIME AT THIS CEMETERY - BUT NOT THE FIRST
TIME IN DODGE COUNTY.
these are the ones that were taken at hustisford,
so that was last year.
EVENTUALLY RECOVERED - THESE WERE TAKEN ALMOST A YEAR
AGO TO THE DAY.
well grave robbers.
you don't get much below a grave robber.
that's essentially what they are doing.
WHO EVER STOLE THE FLAG HOLDERS FROM THE GRAVES OF
THESE VETERANS - REMOVED THE FLAGS AND PLACED THEM
IN THE GROUND BEFORE LEAVING.
TO REPLACE THE FLAG HOLDERS WILL COST AROUND $2,700.
BUT TO THE VETERAN COMMUNITY AND THE FAMILIES - THIS
GOES BEYOND DOLLARS.
IT IS ABOUT HONOR.
disgusted, i mean you robbed a veteran, you are disgracing
a veteran because he's here and he fought for our
country and that was a way to honor him and now you
took something away.
THE DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING ANYONE
WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE STOLEN FLAG HOLDERS TO
CONTACT THEM EITHER BY PHONE OR ANONYMOUSLY THROUGH
AND MICHELLE - AS FOR THE FLAG HOLDERS - UNFORTUNATELY
BECAUSE THE THEFTS ARE GETTING TO BE A GROWING PROBLEM
- THEY ARE NOW MAKING THEM IN PLASTIC INSTEAD OF BRONZE.
-- MICHELLE --