Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Sad Damage & Needed Assistance

The Gettysburg National Military Park kindly provided these tragic pictures of two of the three recently vandalized, damaged monuments. (Additional information about these terrible acts of desecration can be found in the previous posts below.)

Gettysburg National Military Park Rangers Laurie Gantz and
Brion FitzGerald examine the damaged
114th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument.

The damaged 11th Massachusetts Monument.
Note the shattered pieces at the monument's
base. This is all that remains of the saber
wielding arm which had graced this unique treasure.

When asked, NPS staff said that those wishing to donate to help restore these monuments can write checks payable to "DOI/NPS" (without the quotation marks) and send them to:

Gettysburg National Military Park
97 Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

If you wish to designate the money for a specific monument, please note the name of the monument on the check. According to NPS staff, contributing donations to the "General Maintenance for Monuments" fund allows greater flexibility to address all repairs or replacements. And certainly, all donations are greatly appreciated. Having seen first hand the NPS' previous efforts at restoring other damaged monuments, I can say that they do excellent work.

Respectfully submitted,


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