CRUEL. Arlington Memorial Removes Pictures And Mementos Left By Families At Fallen Soldiers’ Grave Sites

Arlington Grave

Brittany Jacobs of Hereford, N.C., hugs her 17-month old son Christian at her husband, Marine SGT Christopher Jacobs’ gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day at in Arlington, Va.

Grieving family members, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, now have a new sacrifice to give; the ability to memorialize their loved ones.  Everything in the government is supposedly shut down, but Obama found the resources to individually remove all the carefully placed pictures, flowers, and mementos left by loved ones at the grave sites of our fallen soldiers.

The Daily Mail reports,

The carefully-chosen mementos that cover graves in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery offer a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of grieving military families.

These reminders have now been scrubbed away following a new policy which has banned family and friends from placing tributes on the graves.

Headstones have been stripped of photos, drawings and poignant notes, in particular those in Section 60, home to the graves of more than 800 service members killed while doing their duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Arlington spokesman said they were responding to complaints that the cemetery was looking too disorderly, and said the section needed to follow the same rules as the rest of the site. 

Loved ones often left flowers, small stones and shells from favorite places and prized cigars. These have all now been swept away – some items saved to be returned to families, and some not.

Photographer Kevin Lamarque published images of the graves earlier this year on PhotoBlog.

In an article for Reuters, he commented this week: ‘There were immensely sad graveside moments of girlfriends, wives, children, mothers and fathers sitting, kneeling, laying beside a grave, often touching, holding or kissing the headstone of their fallen loved one.

The IRS kept enough lights on to force Americans to continue paying taxes, but stopped all tax returns.  The families of newly fallen soldiers were cut off from the funds to pay for the funerals, but Obama found the funds to pay for the removal of cherished mementos left by loved ones at previously buried grave sites.  Remember, Obama and his Democratic minions ordered all their public worker soldiers to “make life as difficult for Americans as they can” during the shutdown.  And his order following cowards are obeying his mission of cruelty.

Hat tip: Gini

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