Veterans’ graves vandalized in historic Michigan cemetery

Damaged tombstones in the Vreeland cemetery. (Flat Rock Historical Society/Facebook)

Many of the tombstones in the historic Vreeland cemetery -located in Flat Rock, Michigan – were destroyed just before Memorial Day.

According to the Flat Rock Historical Society, the Vreeland Family Burrying Ground was the original resting place of Michael Vreeland, a revolutionary war patriot and founder of Flat Rock, his sons and their families.

Several of Michael Vreeland’s sons served in the War of 1812 and Indian conflicts, according to Fox2.

Vreeland Cemetary
(Facebook/Flat Rock Historical Society)

“Michael had a grandson named Michael who joined the 4th Michigan during the Civil War and he was to fight in another important Pennsylvania battle, Gettysburg, and eventually received the rank of Brevet Brig. General,” according to the Freeland Historical Society.

Vreeland’s remains were moved to Oakwook Cemetary in 1888- about 1 mile away – but fourteen other gravestones from the early and mid-1800s were smashed to pieces, according to the Detroit Free Press.

In 2014, all of the gravestones in the Vreeland cemetary were meticulously repaired with the help of funding from the city of Flat Rock.  The cemetery is located on the western edge of Huroc Park in Flat Rock – which is about 30 minutes south of Detroit.

Elias Vreeland
(Facebook/Flat Rock Historical Society)

The Flat Rock Police have not made any arrests and anyone with information should contact the department at (734) 782-2496.

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