Vandals Destroy Veterans Memorial Near J&P Headquarters

Old Glory FlagOn Nov. 11, we remember Veterans Day, a day for Americans to honor all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day to commemorate the end of World War I. It is a day to honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

It is not time for disrespect.

Sadly, hitting very close to home for J&P Cycles’ Anamosa headquarters, vandals destroyed a veteran’s memorial in front of the Jones County Courthouse on Nov. 4. Shortly before 6 a.m., county auditor Janine Sulzner discovered that 10 flags that stand around the war memorial had been cut up, including one American flag.

I cannot imagine what would compel anyone, especially within a rural community such as Anamosa, Iowa, with a population of 5,500, to destroy flags that symbolize our freedom. Was it hatred against our country? Teenagers who have no respect for our country or veterans? Was this act committed by a group or a single offender? Was it an adult or juvenile? What is the punishment? Will the perpetrators get caught? With the case under investigation, I hope we hear answers soon.

“It’s just a slap in the face,” Bill Goodman, a local veteran, told local news reporters. “And really undeserved and I’m sorry to see this happen.”

In hurried fashion, the three organizations who worked together to install the memorial in 2001, AmeriVets, the VFW and the American Legion, worked hard over the weekend to replace them. The Jones County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident and have not made any arrests. View the full news story here.

In honor of all veterans who have served, may we all take a moment to remember and reflect on the time spent, sacrifices made, lives lost, hope created and challenges conquered. On behalf of the team members at J&P Cycles, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our veterans, past, present and future.

By |2015-04-15T13:54:10+00:00November 10th, 2014|Categories: News/Events Articles|14 Comments

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  1. Basil Evans November 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This sort of crap saddens me. I am a vet 68 to 75 US Navy. there’s a place in h*ll for those who would dishonor the men who have made this country FREE and keep it that way.

  2. Phil Schermerhorn November 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

    My Father served in the Army WWII.

    My Mother was evacuated from London at 13, became War Bride at 18 and became a U.S. Citizen. She was the most Patriot person I have ever met.

    My Uncle was killed at Chosen Reservoir, Korea.

    I was in the Army 1972-1975 at the Ft Sam Houston Burn Unit.

    What history of protecting this country did these vandals have?

    This is just another indictment of our current leadership.

  3. Rustytruck November 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    All I can say to you low-lifes that did this is you don’t know how lucky you are that none of us Vets seen you do this. Basically this is a repeat of what happened to us coming back from Vietnam, without the spitting of course. I for one will not go through that again so you hope and pray I don’t find out who you are. I’m sure the rest of us feel the same way. Do you know what’s going to happen to you when you finally get caught? Think about it, there’s always some of us Vets who got drunk and locked up, you’ll be in jail with them. Need I say more?

  4. Doug B November 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I am not a vet. Medical kept me out. Dad was WWII 8th Army Air Force. My brother was Navy. Son-in-law is Army currently.
    I would start my own war with any low-life that I saw destroying any vet memorial. At the end, they wouldn’t be able to leave, at least on their own!
    No excuse for this disrespect.
    Bob, I ride all the time and would be proud to ride with PGR.

  5. DICK HARRIS November 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    THESE VANDALS REMIND ME OF THE CRY BABIES THAT WERE IN MY COMPANY THAT WENT TO THE CHAPLAIN TO CRY ABOUT EVERYTHING. THEY DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR MOTHERS! ME AND MY BOSTON PALS STRAIGHTENED SOME OF THEM OUT-

  6. Mike Rutledge November 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Let us not forget that leadership sets the tone for our Great Country. We the people elect the officials that lead us through the changes presented. I believe this along with other movements in the past few years are a direct reflection of the leadership elected to office. Lets change the tone and set a higher goal for these Great United States than the deceitful, cronyism that we voted in 10 years ago. Know your representative and vote for the good of the country not each particular state or locations gain. United we can make a difference and Bikers are the best of the best. Let’s change this mess.

  7. Rickey Bowman November 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Greetings to All,
    As a combat Veteran, retired Army Paratrooper and a “Purple Heart Recipient”………This saddens & disturbs Me more than I can express ! Why ? For what ? You DO NOT have to be in this Country ! You should leave ASAP ! I will gladly pay for Your trip to the middle east or h*ll !!! My message to you/them, is get to F*#K OUT of this Great Country and the sooner the better ! You/they are NOT needed , Not wanted and You epitomize trash & scum ! “What goes around comes around”…………now or later……you will get ALL that you deserve ! I am willing to bet that ANY combat Veteran would pay to get you in a room for about five minutes or less and reeducate you, before sending You AWAY !!! GOD Bless America and ALL of Her Veterans ! The guilty will be caught ! I hope it is sooner than later !
    Airborne !!!!!
    A Proud Combat Wounded Veteran and an American that feels blessed to be in the U.S.A. !!!!!!!

  8. STEVE SHEPHERD November 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I AM A VIETNAM VETERAN, FORMER GREEN BERET AND RETIRED POLICE OFFICER, NOT THAT IT SHOULD MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. ANY ONE WHO DESECRATES OUR FLAG OUR MEMORIALS SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH TREASON. THE SAYING, “SOME GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL” IS SO TRUE. EVEN THOSE STILL ALIVE WILL CARRY THE SCARS EITHER INSIDE, OUTSIDE OR BOTH THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THIS DOESN’T ADDRESS ALL THE MEMORIES AND THE GHOSTS WE MUST LIVE WITH EVERY DAY. THE FREEDOMS THIS COUNTRY ENJOYS WAS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR IN BLOOD AND NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO INSULT THIS COUNTRY, ITS FALLEN OR VETERANS. LOVE THIS COUNTRY, THE GREATEST ON EARTH OR LEAVE IT.

  9. ron dawson November 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I cant beleive that this world is getting so low down that people dont have no respect for the men and women that put their lives on the line for our freedom…people have no respect or morals anymore,its all about them …they about the effect their actions have on others…God is not going to stand for much more of this…I pray that some how they catch the one that did this…thanks RON….superram63 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  10. mctiredofit November 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Vandalizing memorials seems to be happening in every state. I attribute this to social media and the news media. If information of this activity remained local it could curtail the copycat vandalism. It seems that these vandals have “little” imagination and likely need the idea(s) of others.

  11. David Brown November 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    As a 10 year active duty veteran during Viet Nam and as the son of a WWII veteran who was MIA for awhile I am extremely saddened and disgusted that someone with so little respect for 1 the flag of OUR country, 2 the veerans who have served and fought for this great country and it’s people would show so little respect for either or both by this cowardly act. Our liberties give us the freedom of speach and expression and there are other ways to voice or demonstrate your dissatisfaction with something without causing damage. The ignorance of people sometimes still amaze me. What goes around comes around and they WILL get theirs some day and will pay for their act of cowardness….Hey heres a clue….if you dont like this country,..GET THE HE*L OUT!

  12. Bob November 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I am so sorry to all of our veterans to have to be witness to such disrespect. Know that not all do not appreciate all of the sacrifices that our veterans have provided for us. Our nation is forever grateful for our nations hero’s. Please don’t let the actions of narrow minded or weak individuals spoil our never ending gratitude.

    Forever gratful!

    Bob Krimmer
    Illinois Patriot Guard Riders
    Region 4 Road Captain

  13. Harry November 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

    The best way to deal with the degenerates who would desecrate the very flag that so many of carried a weapon for, is to simply put a round in their forehead.

  14. JF November 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    GOD has a way of punishing people, even if they evade human forces. Whoever is responsible will not go unpunished…that is certain. But I pray, for the mind sake, and for the mental peace of the townspeople that the persons responsible are caught and punished. And severely enough to ensure that the behavior will not become epidemic, soon, or oft repeated.

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