Donated trees stolen from Colo. Freedom Memorial
AURORA, Colo. — Three donated trees were stolen from the Colorado Freedom Memorial Saturday.
Two 7-foot blue spruce trees and a pine tree, which had been donated to the memorial site, were taken this weekend, Colorado Freedom Memorial spokesman Rick Crandall told FOX31 Denver.
Crandall said the trees were in pots, and were scheduled to be planted by Aurora Parks next month.
The trees had been adorned with Christmas ornaments over the holidays in honor of fallen veterans as part of the Trees of Honor campaign, said Crandall.
He said he knew the trees were still at the memorial site Friday because he remembered them being blown over by the high winds.
That was the last time he saw them.
According to Crandall, who ever took the trees also attempted to steal the water pump from the water system, which runs water over the grounds during the summer.
The pump was damaged as a result of the attempted theft.
Colorado Freedom Memorial posted about the burglary to its Facebook page Saturday, stating how sad it was that any one could commit this crime in front of nearly 6,000 fallen veterans.