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Vandals damage war monument for second time
EXETER - Vandals smashed a porcelain picture of fallen Exeter Navy SEAL Daniel Healy embedded in the front of a granite war monument for the second time since May.
Natalie Healy said she was devastated when she learned Monday the oval picture of her son was destroyed again - just two weeks after it was replaced after two 9-year-old boys smashed it in May using a painted rock with an angel that sits next to the monument outside the Exeter Recreation Center.
“You have to wonder how someone could have such little respect for someone who died for this country. To see my son’s face smashed completely so you can’t even tell who it is, it just opens another wound again,” said Healy, who reported the incident to police.
The monument carries the names of 11 Navy SEALS killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. Healy’s name is among them on the monument that his mother wanted placed in an area between the recreational swimming pool and Planet Playground, a place where kids would be able to see it and ask questions.
The boys who vandalized the picture in May were caught and punished, said Healy, who never expected to see it destroyed again.
“I really couldn’t imagine this happening twice in our small town,” Healy said. “This literally brought me to my knees.”
Healy wasn’t sure she wanted to have the picture of her 36-year-old son in his chief’s uniform replaced for fear it will be vandalized again, but some donors have already offered to help pay for a replacement.
Healy said it will cost about $700 to replace the picture, but she would also like to add a camera for security.
“The positive side of this is the outpouring of love and support,” she said.
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