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Letter: A painful act of vandalism

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Every Sunday after church my family and I go to the cemetery at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer to spend a few peaceful moments at the grave of my late husband, David. He left behind four beautiful children and myself 4½ years ago.

On Sunday, April 8, there appeared to be muddy tracks all over the new landscape project our church designed last fall. The recently seeded areas along the edges of the drive have deep ruts. There is a raised circle on the newly paved drive that had been driven over as well, leaving more deep ruts. This circle, planted with perennials and trees, had also been run over. One tree is snapped off at the base. The sprinkler system installed for watering is damaged, along with the hydrant. The total monetary damage to our cemetery property is close to $4,000.

As my family looked at the destruction, we thought to ourselves, "Why would anyone desecrate a cemetery?" Whoever could not possibly understand how sacred this place is to those of us left behind to mourn the death of a loved one. A cemetery is a final resting place that we hold near our heart. It is a place we visit often, decorating our monuments with mementos and flowers. It is the last place we brought their body to rest. Our church has worked very hard for several years raising donations and beautifying our cemetery, making it a place that feels tranquil and attractive.

Monday morning we read in the records section of the paper that two golf carts were stolen from Little Crow Country Club and other properties were disturbed as well. Since the church is located just a short distance from the golf course on the bike path, it is probable that our cemetery destruction is related to the theft of those golf carts. One group's amusement should not happen at the expense of others, both emotionally and monetarily. Those involved need to stop and think beyond themselves about how their actions affected so many others in such a negative way.

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