Flags swiped for second time from church cemetery

MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) – Pastor of the Donegal Presbyterian Church, Matthew Randolph, pointed out some of the landmarks in the church’s cemetery.

“If you go through you’ll see all kind of history,” he told ABC 27 News. “In this quadrant over here are your Revolutionary War, War of 1812 markers. The marker down over here is the Heisey marker. He has a World War II marker and his wife is my oldest congregant.”

Twice in the past few months, some of the history in the cemetery, which is on Donegal Springs Road, was swiped.

“The whole situation is sad,” Randolph said. “I mean these are our Saints, and these are the people who have gone before us.”

About 50 American Flags, which mark the graves of veterans, were stolen. The flags were stolen in June during the church’s annual historical reunion, and then the flags were swiped again late last week.

“I’m not really sure why,” Randolph told ABC 27 News. “You can’t even begin to speculate on who (might have done it).”

Randolph said one of the graves was damaged.

In both instances, the flags were quickly replaced.

This time, it was Sheetz Funeral Home, which is in Mount Joy, who supplied more of the red, white, and blue.

“It’s a shame,” Andrew Dieck, the funeral director for Sheetz Funeral Home, said. “I mean they worked hard, they dedicated their service for their country.”

ABC 27 News was on hand Tuesday when the church replaced the last flag.

Pastor Randolph said they plan to work closely with police to work on protecting the flags in the future.

Anyone with information on who may have swiped the flags is asked to call Susquehanna Regional Police Department at 717-426-1164.

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