Friday, May 28, 2010

Just In Time For Memorial Day
The entire article from CNA;

St. Michael statue stolen from US Marine’s gravestone in New York

The family of former Marine Corporal David Woods, who died in May 2008, had chosen the marble statue of St. Michael because he is patron saint of the military.

The Olean Times Herald reports that the statue was stolen from St. Bonaventure Cemetery sometime between Saturday and Sunday. It depicts the archangel holding a gray metal sword and stepping on Lucifer’s head. It is between three and four feet tall and valued at $2,500.

A replica from Italy, the statue had been blessed by a Catholic priest. The thief or thieves broke the object from its base.

Diane Hendrix, Woods’ sister, told WIVB News that her whole family, including Woods’ 97-year-old grandmother, had pooled their money to buy the statute.

"One of the things he was most proud of was being a Marine and serving his country. So it was just natural that we got a statue of St. Michael the Archangel who was the patron saint of the military."

"It was such a comforting symbol of what he had accomplished in his life, and our faith."

New York State Police are investigating the theft.

6 Comments:

Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

St. Michael, lelp law enforcement bring the thieves to justice...but only after a squad of burly Marines conduct a little field training on the knucklehead(s).

8:34 PM  
Blogger TCN said...

So, where do we donate to replace it?

9:31 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

*sigh* Sometimes it's just too hoard to oppose lynching.

TCN has a good idea! Where would we donate?

8:27 AM  
Blogger itzik janowitz said...

Count me in on the donation. I can feel my blood boiling right now.
Let us all pray that the statue will be recovered very soon.
Semper Fi

1:42 PM  
Blogger Dirtdartwife said...

I want to know where to send money to replace the statue. And some wall to wall counseling is in order.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Dirtdartwife said...

http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/Angel-from-Marines-grave-destroyed

found the address for the donations:
Corporal Woods St. Michael the Archangel Fund
Care of the Community Bank
P.O. Box 690
201 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760

3:53 PM  

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