Vandalism at Sugar Grove Cemetery

March 7, 2022


LOCATION – Sugar Grove Cemetery

Wilmington, Ohio – An unknown person or persons removed and/or broke graveside flags, scattered decorations, and uprooted military flag holders in several sections of the older part of the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Sections affected were One, Two, Three, Six, Seven, and Nine. Flags in Soldier’s Point were also damaged. It is estimated that 200 flags were destroyed, and 20 flag holders were moved from their normal locations. 

In addition, cemetery section markers were pulled out of the ground and two benches were upturned. There does not appear to be headstone damage at this time.

“There is nothing more dishonorable than disgracing the dead,” stated Brian A. Shidaker, Service Director for the City of Wilmington. “It is even more despicable that veteran’s graves seem to have been targeted.” 

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Wilmington Police Department at (937) 382-3833. The City of Wilmington appreciates the public’s patience as we work to clean up the damage.


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