Flowers stolen from veterans’ graves in New Hempstead

Thefts of flowers at a veterans' cemetery in Rockland County has veterans and their families upset.

Thefts of flowers at a veterans' cemetery in Rockland County has veterans and their families upset. (8/23/16)

NEW HEMPSTEAD - Thefts of artificial flowers at a veterans' cemetery in Rockland County has veterans and their families upset.

The thefts have been occurring at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead.

Workers at the county-run facility remove faded flowers and worn-out flags, but they say they are not the ones removing these tributes.

The latest theft was at the grave of Army Veteran Ronald Croci. Flowers from his family were stolen twice in just a matter of days.

Rockland Veterans Service Director Jerry Donnellan says the thefts are desecration.

"All we are trying to do is given them a little plot of land, a piece of granite, and give them the peace that they ensured for us.  And it makes me mad,” he says.

 

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