Vandals damage monuments, headstones at San Antonio National Cemetery

SBG San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Vandals broke into the San Antonio National Cemetery on the East Side and damaged several headstones and monuments.

The staff at the VA cemetery says seven headstones were broken, a private monument was set on fire, and six headstone were spray painted. Two light fixtures on the main flagpole were also broken and electrical wires were pulled from the fixture.

“This is appalling for our veterans, their loved ones and our San Antonio community,” said Sara Elton, chief of operations for VA National Cemetery Administration’s Continental District. “We regret that we have to spend resources repairing vandalism. But San Antonio National Cemetery will return to its status as a National Shrine for our Veterans’ service and sacrifices.”

Approximately 3,174 veterans and eligible family members are laid to rest at San Antonio National Cemetery.

“I want to assure veterans, their families and the community that VA will have San Antonio National Cemetery back to shrine status quickly and is working with local authorities to hold those accountable for this crime,” said Elton.

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