In early September, a vandal or vandals knocked down and/or broke more than forty headstones in Goodrich Cemetery, a historic cemetery in Bruce Township, Michigan. Many of the headstones belonged to veterans of the Civil War.
Grave desecration demonstrates some of the best and worst of humanity. Why would anyone cause such senseless damage to memorials to the dead? Yet community volunteers have begun to repair the damage and the National Guard is expected to assist restoration efforts in the next few weeks.
If the vandals are caught, they could be facing some stiff fines and jail time of up to 10 years, depending on the amount of damage. Michigan has a powerful law to discourage the willful destruction of memorials of the dead.