Letter to the Editor

Memorial disrespect

Friday, June 27, 2008

To the Editor,

I write this in honor and memory of my parents, Joe and Maxine Ruhl.

While I haven't been a Fort Scott resident for many years, I was born and raised there and will always consider it "home."

My parents are both buried at the National Cemetery. I wasn't able to make it up over Memorial Day weekend. So, Sunday night around 9:30 p.m. on our way through from a day trip, I stopped and put some flowers on their grave.

It was a beautiful silk arrangement that I'd carefully and lovingly selected including red and yellow roses with some petite white flowers and greenery scattered throughout. Dad loved red roses, and the yellow's reminded me of Mom for various, personal reasons.

The following day (Monday), some personal business brought me back to town. Upon arrival (around 2 p.m.), I drove through the cemetery and admired the flowers before heading to my appointment. On my way back out of town (approximately 4:45), I drove through the cemetery and... the flowers were gone!

Within a 2-hour and 45-minute time frame, someone had stolen them!

I realize this isn't the first time this has happened, nor will it probably be the last, but, how low can one go?

To whomever is responsible: Get a life, and a conscience! While you may steal tangible objects which represent my love for, and memories of, my parents, you cannot rob me of what's in my heart.

Diana Potts