It has taken quite a while to write this blog. When we visited Alexander Cemetery in Monticello, Wayne County, in October of last year, I was furious to see the damage done to several gravestones in this cemetery. There is absolutely no excuse – celebrating, partying or just hanging out – but spraying stones with blue paint is not acceptable. It is a crime, punishable by jail time, monetary fines, or both.
It should be remembered that setting a gravestone after a person dies is the last act of homage to them, their final resting place. It marks their last spot on earth, it is a reminder of the person, and is a holy spot for family and friends to come and remember their loved ones. It is not to be disturbed.
I was shocked to read that Monticello had a problem with vandalism in this cemetery back in 1981. Residents complained about youths drinking and smoking marijuana at night in the cemetery.
One of the stones looks as if it has been cleaned, but there can be seen a faint trace of blue on the stone.
If the perpetrators are found they should be made scrub the stones with toothbrushes – until they are sparkling clean!