Residents in Henderson, Kentucky, west of Louisville, are trying to repair a display of crosses, that honored more than 5,000 men and women who had served in various wars since the Revolutionary War.
Jennifer Richmond, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, said the community is devastated and working to repair and replace the crosses that were put on display for a Memorial Day ceremony in Central Park.
Richmond said the 27-year-old local man “drove straight through the cross display” in the Henderson park, just before 6:00 AM on Saturday.
“A new era is coming. An era that will make you fight for your beliefs. Up until recently your beliefs were normal, unprovoked, uncondemned. There is a saddening trend in our country. I blame the lowlifes of society. Be prepared to fight back for what you hold as sacred because there are people hellbent on destroying your ideals, and this Republic.
God bless America and God bless our veterans and our police,” a Facebook user commented.
Surveillance footage from nearby showed a late 1970s model Ford Thunderbird driving on a sidewalk.
The vehicle description, along with Facebook posts from concerned community members, led police to Anthony Burrus, a 27-year-old Henderson resident.
Burrus has been charged with criminal mischief in the first degree and leaving the scene of an accident. He has reportedly denied being involved, but some of the crosses were embedded in the tires of his vehicle.