Community helps clean up vandalized Veterans Memorial

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FAIRMONT, W. Va. (WDTV) - A local congregation is devastated after their Veterans Memorial was vandalized over the weekend.

About 560 crosses stand tall outside The Baptist Temple in Fairmont, in honor of Veterans Day.

Dozens of volunteers spent their Saturday lending a hand, and placing all these crosses on the lawn. However, they didn't expect what was going to happen next.

"It's pretty devastating," said Danny Rosenberger,, the chairman for the deacon board.

The congregation arrived to service on Sunday morning and found tire marks all throughout the lawn. There were also chunks of dirt spread throughout the grass. The most shocking, about 50 to 60 crosses were found damaged, some even destroyed.

The church posted pictures and a message on Facebook on Sunday that says:

"Today during children's church we discussed the story about the Good Samaritan. After our lesson the children gathered on the lawn prayed for our country, our veterans, our church, our community and the vandals. Love your neighbor as yourself."

"We have no idea who it was, we checked with some of the local businesses, school to see if they had cameras that might show who did it," he said.

They say this unholy act brought many together as this memorial not only honors veterans, and represents the church, but also the whole community

"I see now that this means a lot to the community, maybe more so than we thought<' said Rosenberger.

Around 20 volunteers from all over the area, helped clean up and fix the crosses on Monday morning.

If you know anything about this crime, you're urged to call Fairmont Police at 304-366-9280.