Memorial to Army Hero Now Part of a Dog Park
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Memorial to Army Hero Now Part of a Dog Park
(photo: Tom Caskey,

What once was St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ventura, California, is today a public park—but the original occupants of the cemetery are still around.

Most of the 3,000 people buried long ago in St. Mary’s were never relocated; just the headstones and markers were removed so the city could turn the area into Cemetery Memorial Park. Among the remaining graves is that of Private James Sumner of the U.S. Cavalry, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his efforts in 1869 in helping rescue a child kidnapped by Cochise and a band of Apache Indians in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.
Today, people picnic, jog and walk their dogs in the public park, resulting in dog feces being left near Sumner’s grave. This has upset some veterans. They’re urging the city to support the relocation of the soldier’s remains to a national military cemetery. But local leaders are balking, for fear that moving Sumner will lead to calls for the relocation of thousands of other graves, many of them unmarked, from the park.
Parks and recreation commissioner Sharon Troll defended the treatment of Sumner’s grave. “We are treating him pretty darn well,” she told the Ventura County Star. “…except for the poop.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Memorializing American Veterans (by Jeff Wilson, Associated Press)
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John - 8/19/2010 7:01:59 PM              
Sharon Troll ... appropriately named. A Troll: One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers. A Troll will spark off such an argument via the use of ad hominem attacks with no substance or relevence to back them up as well as straw man arguments, which the Troll uses to simply avoid addressing the essence of the issue. She's full of herself alright ... mostly just poop.