$5000.00 Reward Offered For Information
in Veterans' Memorial Vandalism
by: Bobby McDonald
A $5000.00 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for an act of vandalism, that was discovered at the Hopkins County Veterans' Memorial, on Friday morning. In what appears to be where someone has taken a rock and scatched a number of marks, names, and symbols in the sandstone, was discovered on Friday morning, in both the kiosk area and on some of the large stones bearing the names of Hopkins County Veterans.
Once City Manager Marc Maxwell was notified and saw the damage done, the Sulphur Springs Police Department Investigators were called and a joint reward between the Veterans' Memorial Committee and The City of Sulphur Springs is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those who are responsible for the act. Pending an assessment of having the repairs made to obliterate the markings, the charge will likely be classified as a felony offense. Anyone having information regarding this offense may contact the Crimestoppers Unit at (903)885-2020 and remain anonymous. They can also contact the Sulphur Springs Police Department.
On one of the larger stones, what appears to be a misspelling of "Juggalo Homies," the title of a song by the group Insane Clown Posse, was carved into the sandstone. Another large stone bore the words "I Love You."
Naturally, members of the Veterans' Memorial Committee, City Workers and Personnel, and the general public, who have worked so hard, creating the beautiful memorial and downtown plaza, are upset and want to apprehend the person or persons responsible for this act.
"I can't believe anyone with any sense of respect, or sense of any kind would do something like this," advised a group of Hopkins County veterans and their wives, who were viewing the inscriptions left on the wall. "What reason could anyone have for doing something like this, when the community has pulled together, worked, funded, and completed this beautiful memorial to honor our veterans! Hopefully they will be apprehended and made to pay for this unsightly violation to everyone in Hopkins County!"