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Manchester crews work to cleanup vandalized graves before Memorial Day

Gravestones at Hillstown Road Cemetery Gravestones at Hillstown Road Cemetery
Public works crews clean up gravestones at Hillstown Road Cemetery. Public works crews clean up gravestones at Hillstown Road Cemetery.
Hillstown Road Cemetery Sign Hillstown Road Cemetery Sign

Nine gravestones for veterans along with the main plaque and a flag pole were vandalized at a cemetery in Manchester just days before Memorial Day.

Public work crews cleaned up graffiti at the Hillstown Road Cemetery, which is the final resting place for several veterans, Wednesday afternoon.

There are nearly 80 veterans who were honored for their efforts in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, buried at the Hillstown Cemetery.

Witnesses said it appeared someone had written on the top of the gravestones as well as the flag pole.

"[These are] people who served for our country. And to vandalize it is just insane and disrespectful," said Darin Hope of Coventry, whose grandfather served in World War II.

Hope said seeing gravestones marked up with the words such as "sorry meat" hit her hard.

"I know the struggles he went through in the war, so it's kinda like those struggles weren't appreciated," Hope said.

The vandalism is being investigated by the Manchester Police Department.

While the hunt for the suspect continues, Manchester Community College is ramping up its effort to show their veterans that they're standing by their side.

"We're right across the street, we probably should try to support and rally around it," said Julie Greene, who is the director of veterans services at Manchester Community College.

Town officials said they are very confident everything will be clean in time to observe Memorial Day.

Many of these stones are marble, but one is made of granite, which makes it very hard to scrub out the graffiti.

Anyone with any information is asked to the Manchester Police Department at 860-645-5500.

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