WWII Monument Tossed Onto Jamaica Ave

BY LUIS GRONDA

Surveillance footage caught two men suspected of stealing and destroying a WWII memorial wreath in Woodhaven.

Surveillance footage caught two men suspected of stealing and destroying a WWII memorial wreath in Woodhaven.

A wreath honoring those who have fallen during World War II was taken and thrown onto Jamaica Avenue last week.

Two men were caught on camera taking the WWII memorial wreath in Woodhaven early Sunday morning on Nov. 16.  The suspects also took two American flags next to the monument.

The wreath is placed on Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway every Memorial Day weekend and it honors Woodhaven residents who passed away during the war.

Woodhaven civic leaders were furious about the monument being destroyed when the news was released.

“It’s so despicable, it’s such an insult to our veterans,” said Maria Thomson, head of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

Thomson said they have held the ceremony for about the past 20 years and there has not been any incident like this prior to it being taken earlier this week.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. has the incident on film and posted photos from the surveillance video on their Facebook page.

11 Woodhaven Wreath 5Thomson, who watched the video, said the two men approach the wreath and one of them picked it up and hoisted it over his head like he is holding a trophy.

She said they then walked to the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway and tossed the wreath onto the street. They walked away shortly after that, Thomson said.

In the Facebook post, the GWDC said they would be purchasing a new monument to replace what was stolen.

“Every year, the GWDC places a wreath in honor of these brave heroes, and it stays there throughout the year untouched. But these individuals who took it not only dishonored our Woodhaven Heroes, but our America. The GWDC will get another wreath, but just know that this was an act against our residents, our Community and America,” the group wrote on Facebook.

Thomson said the wreath should be replaced either next week before Thanksgiving or shortly after the holiday.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-tips, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.

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