FOR THE THIRD TIME IN TWO WEEKS - THE GRAVES OF VETERANS
IN DODGE COUNTY HAVE BECOME THE TARGET OF THEIVES.
-- ERIC --
THIS LATEST THEFT AT ST MICHAEL CEMETERY IN BEAVER
DAM WHERE A YET TO BE DETERMINED NUMBER OF BRONZE
FLAG HOLDERS HAVE BEEN TAKEN.
LAST WEEK APPROXIMATELY 80 OF THE FLAG HOLDERS WERE
TAKEN FROM THE GRAVES OF VETERANS AT TWO OTHER CEMETERIES.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZEIR FIRST TOLD US ABOUT
THE THEFTS LAST WEEK AND IS HERE WITH MORE.
IT IS BELIEVED THE THIEVES ARE TAKING THE VETERAN'S
BRONZE FLAG HOLDERS WITH THE INTENT OF SELLING THEM
FOR THE METAL'S VALUE.
BUT FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE VETERANS EFFECTED BY THIS
- IT IS LESS ABOUT THE MONEY AND MORE ABOUT WHAT THOSE
FLAG HOLDERS MEAN - HONOR.
he was very proud of serving in the us military
SERVICE AND SACRIFICE - HELPED TO DEFINE THE LIFE
OF JOHN BULA.
DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM - HE WAS PART OF THE
SECOND ARMOURED DIVISION.
WHEN HE DIED A BRONZE FLAG HOLDER - LET EVERYONE KNOW
- HE WAS A VETERAN.
it reminded us that in the middle of our sorrow and
grief we still had that pride to hold onto.
IT MEANT SO MUCH TO HIS FAMILY - IT LEFT A VOID WHEN
IT WAS STOLEN.
it just breaks my heart.
it is unbelievable.
i remember sitting next to my mother while she filled
out the paperwork so that she could get that star
in place because in the midst of her grieving and
my brother's death and making funeral arrangements
she stopped to make sure that was taken care of so
that he would have that as soon as possible and that
he got his recognition as soon as possible.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE FLAG HOLDERS ARE BEING
STOLEN FOR THE BRONZE THEY ARE MADE OF AND THEN SOLD
WITH THE NUMBER OF STOLEN FLAG HOLDERS NOW APPROACHING
100 IT WILL COST AROUND 4,000 DOLLARS TO REPLACE THEM.
NOW ALL THAT REMAINS ON THE GRAVE OF JOHN BULA IS
A MESSAGE FROM HIS SISTER.
i think it might be really hard for me to drive up
there and not see that star there.
AND HARDER STILL WILL BE EXPLAINING THIS TO THE WOMAN
WHO WANTED SO BADLY FOR THE VETERAN'S FLAG HOLDER
TO BE HERE - JOHN BULA'S MOTHER.
i can't even tell her yet.
what has happened there because i know it is just
going to break her heart.
RIGHT NEXT TO JOHN BULA IS BURIED HIS GRANDFATHER
- A WORLD WAR II VETERAN.
HE TOO HAD HIS VETERAN'S FLAG HOLDER STOLEN.
DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THEM - PLEASE GIVE
THEM A CALL OR SEND THEM A TIP ON THEIR WEBSITE.
-- MICHELLE --