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Vandals deface Confederate memorial in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY --The Confederate debate is heating up once again, and now vandals have taken to defacing confederate soldier monuments at one metro cemetery.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a group which only relatives of those who fought in the war can join.

While they recognize that, today, the Confederate Flag is not popular, the group say it's no excuse for defacing a memorial honoring soldiers who died.

'Rest in peace' is the purpose of cemeteries everywhere. But that peace was disturbed sometime Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

"I want to be forgiving, but it really hurts us to have our monuments defaced," Larry Logan, Past Commander for the Oklahoma Division of the Sons Confederate Veterans said.

Someone took red paint and covered the memorial.

"This is a very special place to us, the confederate monument is here, it's been here since 1923, there's 14 Confederate veterans buried right here by the monument," Logan says.

Logan says he knows all about the controversy surrounding the flag, but says this is different.

"Defacing that is just like defacing a United States memorial, they are considered soldiers by the United States government," Logan said.

His own family member fought for the South.

"My great grandfather was an 18-year-old farm boy who went to war, Robert E. Lee was his commanding general, he was at Gettysburg, he got his left thumb shot at Gettysburg," Logan said.

He says he's upset that someone would disturb these soldiers' resting place.

"We didn't lose who our ancestors were, they're still our family, we still love them and we haven't lost who we are, we're descendants of Confederate soldiers and we're proud of it," Logan says.

A police report has been filed.

They plan on putting up cameras near the monument to help curb vandals.

 

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