Jefferson Barracks warns Pokémon players about using national cemetery

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A word of warning to Pokémon Go players from a growing list of places and organizations around the U.S.  The Fairview Caseyville Township Fire Protection District posted on Facebook that their ladder truck was cut off by a van tonight.

The people in the car yelled, sorry, we are chasing Pokémon.

They posted that’s absolutely unacceptable and warns people to be responsible while playing.

Cemeteries are another place asking players to stay away.

The craze has just crossed the line as far as the families of America’s veterans and war dead are concerned.

People are playing the virtual smartphone Pokémon game around the graves of veterans and troops who have given their lives for this country.

Dan Phillips is not only the assistant director of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery he`s also a veteran. The military has deep roots in his family.

He says there have not been any Pokémon players here yet, but that`s not the case at the National Cemetery in Springfield Missouri where several people have been caught playing Pokémon among the troops` grave sites.

Arlington Cemetery has warned people not to play the game there, it`s a violation of federal law to do so at any U.S. Military burial grounds. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. is asking the company to remove their museum as part of the game.

210,000 veterans and their family members are buried in Jefferson Barracks. Some are soldiers from the Revolutionary War. There are 25 to 35 funerals here every day.

It is not difficult to imagine how disturbing it would be for people to be playing a game while a family is laying a loved one to rest.

Although there hasn`t been any Pokémon participants here, they do have other problems with people who don`t understand cemetery etiquette. Parents teach kids how to drive a car here, people come to feed animals like it`s a petting zoo, and then there are the poachers who shoot the deer.

None of this is legal in the national cemetery.

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