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Old 07-15-2014, 08:58 AM
robert_columbia robert_columbia is offline
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Originally Posted by buckgully View Post
This is beautifully weird.

So it's the headstone that was ritually mutilated, not the person? And instead of just chiseling something out, they actually chiseled in 'ritually mutilated'? Perhaps they were dictating?...
Christ Church Episcopal in Alexandria, Virginia has some gravestones that were defaced by the US Army during the Civil War. Specifically, apparently bored occupying soldiers added '1's to ages at death, so instead of saying e.g. "John Williams born 1780 died age 63", it now says "John Williams born 1780 died age 163". I asked a priest why they didn't repair the graves, and they said that what was already done was history, and that anyone who is curious can walk in and ask what is up with the graves.