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Bronze vases stolen from graves of veterans

On the day that the nation is paying tribute to its veterans, the family of one of those soldiers who served his country is dealing with thieves.    

It is normally quiet at the Veteran's Garden at Parkhill Cemetery, where hundreds of soldiers are laid to rest.  However, on this Veteran's Day, one local man, who didn't want to identify himself, found his father's grave missing a bronze vase.

"I was hurt.  You know because my daddy served you know in Vietnam, and it's just, how can you steal from someone that gave you freedom."

Columbus Police say more than one hundred bronze vases valued at more than $20,000 were stolen from veterans' graves.

Cemetery officials say they are taking full responsibility for the loss and replacing the vases for the family for free.  Also, the gates are closed at night, and there is fencing all around the cemetery.

Until this grave has a new vase, the man says he will not be taking his children to the cemetery for fear of what they will say.

"Where am I going to put my paw-paw's flowers?"

Columbus police say this is not the first time thieves have hit Parkhill Cemetery.  They say in 2009, more than a hundred vases were stolen.

"My daddy taught me a lot of things in this world and one of those was not stealing.  My daddy did not approve of stealing."

This outraged son has one message for the thieves.

"God have mercy on your soul."

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