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More than 150 crosses in the downtown Memorial Day cross display were damaged early Saturday when a vandal or vandals drove a car through it.
According to Henderson Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Richmond, 160 crosses were knocked down and about 20 were destroyed.
Richmond said the damage appeared to be deliberate because the driver had to jump the curb to get to the display. She said the incident took place shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday.
Members of the Henderson Fire Department, the WARM Center, and local residents joined members of the American Legion to repair the display.
“For somebody to do this to a veteran who gave his life, I don’t understand. I don’t have any words. I’m speechless,” Jim Hanley, a member of the Legion, said Saturday morning.
The display in Central Park contains more than 5,000 crosses, each bearing the name of a Henderson resident who served in the military.
Family members arrived to see if any of the crosses that bear the names of their relatives were damaged. Some arrived and were relieved to find certain crosses unharmed, while others were brought to tears by the damage.
Bob Dutton Sr.’s son, Robert K. Dutton, had a cross in his honor displayed in the park, and it was destroyed by the vandalism.
“I lost my son seven years ago, and this is so sad to know somebody would do this without thinking about the consequences,” Dutton said.