As I spend much time in the Marietta National Cemetery, I see a lot of things that go on there. I help a family find a loved one’s gravesite or just listen to them tell their story. We have over 1,800 of our heroes buried there from every single war we have fought in.
As Dec. 7 neared, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association of Atlanta had not yet placed a wreath on their monument near the entrance of the Cemetery. So I asked my Sons of Union Veterans Camp to help me place roses on the monument to honor the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On Dec. 7 at noon we placed roses at the monument. As we were there a lady in a yellow coat with her little white dog came walking down the hill from the center of the cemetery. We very politely told her that there was no dog walking allowed in the National Cemetery.
Dec. 14 was our annual Wreaths Across America program. After the placing of the wreaths I was helping a lady find her grandfather’s grave so she could place a wreath. There was the same white little dog running after me yelping and barking, off a leash and the dog stopped and dumped near a headstone and urinated in the cemetery.
I again told that same lady NO DOG WALKING IN THE CEMETERY.
No response back from her except “Oh.”
Have we as a society forgotten why we have freedom or taken so lightly the sacrifice of our young men and women? I know this lady lives close by the cemetery as she walks to the cemetery. After the first incident I thought, “Maybe she did not know the rules.” The second incident was just her being rude and heartless.
If you see her and her little white dog in the cemetery you will know she is a heartless, selfish person who has no respect for these men and women buried under those simple marble headstones that say “U.S. Soldier.” She should have to clean every headstone in the cemetery and maybe then will understand the importance of the Marietta National Cemetery.