ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Cars parked on grave-sites and dogs urinating on tombstones. Those are the things an angry Facebook post called out at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend. The bad behavior by visitors is starting to get a lot of attention.
Officials at the cemetery say “tens of thousands” of people came through to pay respects over the weekend, with few problems.
“Probably 99.9% followed the rules and regulations,” cemetery director Jeff Barnes said. “We had very few complaints, so this is very unfortunate.”
The post shows one vehicle parked on several graves, apparently trying to stay off the narrow road that runs through the cemetery. Another shows a group of people and says they had a dog with them.
“Went to Jefferson Barracks today, to pay respects to my grandfather,” Brian McGowan posted. “I've been there a hundred times, but have never been as disgusted as I was today. One lady thought it appropriate to pull her vehicle onto the grass among the graves. Another group of 3 people (white pickup) brought their dog with them, and the dog proceeded to piss all over several graves. SICKENING.”
Visitors Tuesday agreed.
“I just thought it was very disrespectful,” visitor Jeanne Helm said. “And I think they take care of the grounds real well here, so to see a van pull up in the grounds here, it’s just very disrespectful.”
Sandy Choinka agreed.
“I think it’s highly disrespectful and they just don’t realize what they’re doing. It just shows no common courtesy at all.”