A Community Comes Together for Patriotism

(Courtesy: MGN ONl)

COLUMBIA, S.C.(WACH) - After nearly 200 grave sites were vandalized, a community gathered to rally for patriotism.

American flags, flowers, and vases were torn, broken, and scattered across headstones at the Greenlawn Memorial Park Sunday.

Columbia Police Department arrested Justin Beach for the incident late Sunday night.

On Monday, volunteers gathered at Greenlawn Memorial Park to lay down new American flags and restore the area.

One volunteer, Tony Reid, picked up more than 100 vandalized flags with his wife on Sunday. He returned on Monday to lay new flags down.

Reid, is a veteran who says that he knew exactly what to do when he saw the damage.

Reid says he respects the flag and honors what it stands for.

Suzanne Elkins, general manager of Greenlawn Memorial Park, says the park will be getting surveillance cameras installed to stop this from happening again in the future.

The park has set up events throughout the week in honor of the grave sites that were vandalized.

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