My family has a memorial bench on Rivers Trail between Pioneer and Riverside parks.
The bench has three plaques to honour my husband, my brother and my nephew. I visited the bench on Sept. 15 to have a coffee and do some reflection on life.
As I approached the bench, it became very obvious that all three plaques had been pried out of their indentations and stolen. My heart sank and I was so sad at what I saw.
I immediately spread the news to family and friends and everyone was appalled at this act of vandalism. My sister and I informed the city and filed a police report. I am also writing this letter to inform the public about this incident.
I know it was difficult to remove the bronze plaques. They will eventually be melted down for a minimal profit. There are businesses out there that are supporting this behaviour and I feel they are just as guilty as the vandals.
We all know our communities are under assault from our crazy world. This incident has chipped a little area from my heart with a realization that, to some people, nothing is sacred.
Everyone needs to be an active part of the solution to these senseless acts.
Verita van Diemen and Lynnette Ferguson