Patrick, I know that we are all feeling the same disdain with regard to the cowardly act over the weekend involving the "Hiker" memorial. This act of total disrespect needs to be addressed as expeditiously as possible before the perpetrators envision their efforts as being of no consequence. Might it be possible for the Bristol Veterans Council, either as a body or in conjunction with the actual veteran's organizations, to come forward in offering a reward for information and/or conviction of those responsible for this horrendous crime?
Nelligan wrote back late Monday morning:
I just got back last night from DC and found out. I think that a reward is doable. I will have the Vice Chair contact everyone with an amount we can offer. Any clues as to why or who?
Lori DeFillippi, a parks commissioner and a veteran, weighed in with this:
A reward I'm sure will not be a problem raising - how about if we instill a harsh punishment for this/these individual(s) - say put a uniform on them and ship them to Iraq!! Maybe then they will learn what respect stands for!!
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