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Veterans Upset By Theft From W. Richland Memorial

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Veterans in West Richland are upset about the theft of an M-16 rifle and a helmet from a war memorial.

Boots and a plaque are all that remain of the memorial at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

The rifle and helmet had been perched on top of the memorial for more than 12 years. Veteran Dan Richey lives nearby and was the first to notice the missing items as well as some damage to what remained.

Richey reported the vandalism to police. West Richland police are investigating the theft.

Bobby Dale Albers of Kennewick is sergeant at arms for Combat Veterans International Chapter 3. He says the theft and damage goes beyond vandalism to disrespect.

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