Vandals destroy St. Stephen Cenotaph’s wooden soldier

Submitted photo Broken soldier. One of two wooden soldiers used as part of a Christmas display in front of the Cenotaph in St. Stephen was destroyed by vandals two days before Christmas. The RCMP in St. Stephen is investigating.

St. Stephen – Geraldine Leavitt of Oak Bay and her husband Brian are pretty disgusted right now.
One of two wooden silhouettes of kneeling soldiers they made was destroyed by vandals sometime just before, or on, Dec. 23.

The silhouettes were part of a Remembrance Day display at the Cenotaph in St. Stephen. They were removed following the service, then repositioned during the St. Stephen Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) Christmas lamp post decorating contest.

“One of them was booted off the pole, and they ripped the string of lights in half,” said Leavitt.
“It’s sad. I’d just like to be able to catch them when they’re doing something like that.
“It’s just the way people are in this town. The town works hard to make things look better, and then people destroy things.”

The Leavitts are active members of the St. Croix Branch. No. 9, Royal Canadian Legion. They took it upon themselves to create the two pieces, each depicting a soldier, helmet removed, and using his rifle for support, kneeling in front of a cross.
Leavitt said she received a call informing her of the vandalism around noon on Dec. 24, while she was in the midst of her family’s Christmas preparations.

“Not news I wanted to hear,” she said.

St. Stephen RCMP is investigating the vandalism. Officers are also investigating another case of vandalism believed to have happened during the same time frame, which saw one of the large front windows broken out in the Money Saver on King Street.