A realtor in Massachusetts became a local hero after he stopped several peole from defacing a World War II memorial in a cemetery.
George Gatteny told Facebook users that Monday’s incident took place in the town of Somerville, and all began when he notices suspicious behavior.
“I stopped behind a bus waiting to pull into Clarendon Station,” he said. “I looked over to my right and saw young people (early to mid-20’s) go into the Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery. As they approached the statue, I saw them grab the 3 or 4 mini flags that were placed in from of the statue.”
Suddenly, one of the young men took several of the flags and dropped them behind a statue and began urinating on the flags.
For Gatteny, enough was enough.
“I quickly pulled over, got out of my car and headed over to them,” he wrote, noting that a young female was standing by the gate as a look-out.
Gatteny told the group to stop and asked what they thought they were doing.
“[The man] stopped urinating, pulled up his pants and started walking out of the memorial,” he recalled. “Both of them walked up Broadway laughing. I walked behind them for awhile, telling everyone I passed what they did.”
“What possible reason could they have for desecrating a WW2 Memorial?” he asked in disbelief.
On his return to the cemetery, he was thanked by an older gentleman, who claimed he had two friends buried there.
According to his post, Gatteny took a few photos and informed the police, who are reportedly “all over” the situation.
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