Minuteman carving vandalized | CraigDailyPress.com

Minuteman carving vandalized

Luke Graham

A wood carving of a minute–man in front of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4265 building was vandalized late Sunday.

VFW Trustee Ray Talkington said he received a phone call from police at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. When he arrived, he discovered someone had broken the minuteman’s arm and rifle.

“It irritates you bad,” he said. “(The vandals) don’t have any morals of their own. They don’t respect anything.”

Post Commissioner Bud Nelson said the VFW worked for two years to get the carved statue.

Nelson said the statue would typically cost $1,400 to carve, but Shawn Ward, this year’s winner at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, agreed to carve the statue for $800.

The VFW allowed the city to use its electrical outlets for Whittle the Wood in exchange for the $800.

When Nelson arrived at the VFW, he said he was shocked at what he saw.

“It’s sad,” he said. “We just kind of shook our heads. Honor and dignity have gone downhill. Whoever did this has no honor for anything or themselves.”

Nelson and Talkington said the minuteman was chosen for what it symbolized.

“(The minuteman) is what made this country free in the beginning,” he said. “We thought that would be a good symbol.”

Nelson said some members have offered money to get the statue fixed.

Dave Pike, the Craig parks and recreation director, said it is not uncommon for statues to be vandalized. “It’s not something we see all the time, but we’ve had some cases,” he said.

The smaller, more delicate statues are generally the ones that get vandalized, Pike said.

Pike said most of the statues that have been vandalized have been repaired.

“All the ones vandalized, except one, we’ve found the pieces and fixed them,” he said.

Nelson said the VFW will offer a reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals.

“It’s sad that it happened,” he said. “You try to beautify and make your place look nice without people wanting to destroy it.”

Anyone with information on the vandalism is encouraged to contact the Craig Police Department at 824-4495.

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