About two months ago I was driving to Whitla Cemetery and
even from a distance something didn't look right. As I pulled
up to the gate it was immediately apparent that the few
remaining headstones, some of which are over 100 years old,
and the main memorial marker had been pushed over by
vandals. A quick check showed that none of the stones
were broken or cracked. I took a few photographs
of the damage and left.
I reported the incident to the County of Forty Mile No. 8 the
next day. It would be necessary to bring a small tractor out
to the cemetery to lift the main marker. They would get to
it soon. Soon, as it turned out, was the following afternoon.
All of the headstones and the main marker were reglued
and reinstalled onto their bases. Whitla Cemetery was
once again a place of peace and rest for
the dearly departed.
Thanks to Dave and his crew at the county for a job
well done. Your work is much appreciated.
Cemeteries are places for our loved ones to be laid to
rest and should be treated with respect. Please report
any acts of vandalism to the authorities.
Photographed on April 12, 2017 (vandalism).
Photographed on May 2, 2017 (repaired).