Vandals deface battlefield monument

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

On the 196th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe, vandals spray-painted the Tippecanoe Battlefield monument that was erected as a memorial to the historic event.
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“oneoldvet.com”

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis

#1 Nov 9, 2007
This is the same mindlessness as those who topple headstones in a cemetery.
Irony

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Nov 9, 2007
It's ironic that someone who defaces a monument at night with nobody around to express his views has the nerve to write the word coward on one side.
Navy Vet

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Nov 9, 2007
Vandalized no doubt, by someone who never served one day to defend the freedom they enjoy.
Shameful

Richmond, IN

#5 Nov 9, 2007
Nothing like destroying others enjoyment. Posting a sign is free speach, damaging property is just a crime.
Mike Wolf

Bismarck, ND

#6 Nov 9, 2007
Don't blame Godless Liberals-They don't understand the word REPENT.
Sam K

Michigan City, IN

#7 Nov 9, 2007
the relatives of those that the tributute is to should get to kick the sh*t out of the punk(s). Then the punk(s) should have to literally lick the paint off with their tongues.

In other words, a little less handholding of criminals would reduce the number of them.
I see stupid people

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Nov 9, 2007
Cowards.
Sam Colt

United States

#9 Nov 9, 2007
One Old Vet wrote:
This is the same mindlessness as those who topple headstones in a cemetery.
Or protest the funerals of our heroes.

People like this don't seem to realize the freedom they have to act like complete jerks was paid for by the very people they dishonor and disrespect.
go2hel

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Nov 9, 2007
Pure disrespect. They should have their a**es kicked my a really big marine.

By the way, thanks to all the troops!
CapetonianAnthro pologie

South Africa

#11 Nov 9, 2007
"We see the battlefield as hallowed ground where 196 years ago brave men, red and white, fought and died courageously," Nail said.

It is werid that Nail is using rather archaic and un-academic racial classifications for describing the Euro-Americans and Native Americans who fought in this battle.

I wish everything in the complexity of life could be simplified to "red and white"

More so, I think it will be interesting to discover if this was some stupid prank by local teenagers or actually an act of resistance from Native Americans?
IU-L

Bridgeport, WV

#13 Nov 9, 2007
Did the superintendent really say "brave men, red and white" - WOW!
the old refrain

Fishers, IN

#14 Nov 9, 2007
I think I saw Mayor Peterson on Interstate 65 heading north...I bet he did this...
Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Nov 9, 2007
Irony wrote:
It's ironic that someone who defaces a monument at night with nobody around to express his views has the nerve to write the word coward on one side.
You are right on with this statement.
PC_Police

Troy, MI

#16 Nov 9, 2007
Holy crap...did this dude just say this to a reporter..."We see the battlefield as hallowed ground where 196 years ago brave men, red and white, fought and died courageously," Nail said. "I don't know how anybody could hope to do honor by doing this sort of thing."
Red and white? As in American Indians and caucasians?
Sheesh. One thing I liked about my visit to Memphis was the memorial to that colored fella Dr. Martin Luther King.
Referring to American Indians as "reds" seems a little risky...

“Equality for ALL”

Since: May 07

Indianapolis/Muncie

#17 Nov 9, 2007
probably some republican doing it

“Back in Black”

Since: Feb 07

United States

#18 Nov 9, 2007
Sam K wrote:
the relatives of those that the tributute is to should get to kick the sh*t out of the punk(s). Then the punk(s) should have to literally lick the paint off with their tongues.
In other words, a little less handholding of criminals would reduce the number of them.
Yeah, beat up the vandals and make them eat paint. That would solve everything. If only we had more physical violence in our criminal justice system...
Vincent VanSlyke

Burlington, IN

#19 Nov 9, 2007
Mike Wolf wrote:
Don't blame Godless Liberals-They don't understand the word REPENT.
You first have to believe in the subjective and vague word SIN. Pure fantasy.

Since: Jul 07

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Nov 9, 2007
Greater than You wrote:
Injuns... cain't trust 'em
I don't know who's more shameless, you or the vandals.

What proof do you have of who did it? To me it looks like a disgusting sophomoric highschool or college prank.
Not too moved

Lafayette, IN

#22 Nov 9, 2007
Hmm - a monument to some people who helped slaughter indigenious people ... Color me not too sympathetic.
fatcatpostal

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Nov 9, 2007
go2hel wrote:
Pure disrespect. They should have their a**es kicked my a really big marine.
By the way, thanks to all the troops!
The marines are important. They give the army guys somebody to beat up in bars.

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