The North Bend Eagle


Vandals strike Veteran's Park

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/7/14

North Bend has taken pride in the Veterans Memorial Park since it was dedicated in 2005. Over the years, the park has hosted weddings, military services, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day programs.

The park has benefited from community ownership with very few issues. However, recently, the park has been the target of vandalism.

Renee Rasmussen, who with her husband, Doug, are caretakers of the park, said between Sunday, April 27, and Saturday, May 3, someone knocked out seven lights that shine on the statues of men and women in military dress representing those from the area who have served in the military.

Rasmussen said the lights were installed last year. The lights are above ground, whereas the original ones were in the ground. The new lights were less expensive and use less electricity that the previous lights.

“They were less expensive until someone goes and breaks them,” Rasmussen said.

Butch Ott, chairman of the Park committee, said many veterans were very disappointed to hear of the destruction.

Rasmussen wants the public to use the park, but it is not a play park.

“There are lots of bike tracks in the park, but I don’t think this is the work of a little kid,” she said. “A pretty strong kick broke these lights.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Dodge County Sheriff at 402-652-3535.

“It’s disgusting,” Rasmussen said. “A lot of people put a lot of time and money in that park. It’s for people to enjoy, not abuse.”

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