Cemetery vandalism

Cemeteries are common targets for all types of vandals. The Richmond region recently saw a despicable example at a pet cemetery in Henrico County on Westbury Drive. On October 7, 2017, owner Marsha Rogers discovered that vandals had knocked over about 92 headstones at the “Pet Memorial Park.” The cemetery dates to the 1930s. It holds two acres of markers raised by loving families as well as flowers and vases, most now smashed and scattered.

Historians look for the racial, political, religious, or ethnic motivations behind many acts of vandalism. But sometimes, as this example apparently shows, it is the simple but frustrating human delight in transgression.