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Letter: Respect Special Places

After discovering graffiti at a local park, a reader encourages parents to teach children the lesson of respect.

Kings Park Patch recently received this letter from a concerned reader, who discovered graffiti at her local park.

 This evening I took my children to Memorial Park, I was anxious to see the improvements being made to the monument area.  As I approached I reminded my children to avoid the wet concrete and not climb on the monument, as I do each time we visit.  They understand that the monument is a special place to be treated with respect. 

I noticed that someone had carved something into the concrete. I was disappointed but thought that carving ones initials in wet concrete is almost a rite of passage impossible to resist to most kids.  On closer inspection I realized that nearly the entire surface was covered with names, potty, though not foul language and most disturbing, inappropriate drawings. I was outraged as a parent, taxpayer, Kings Park resident and citizen of the country whose veterans this monument represents.   

At the end the parent in me won out and I was left worried about the future our children embody.  Parents, we must wake up and take responsibility for what we are teaching and perhaps, not teaching our children.  While we cannot always control what our children do when they are not with us we must instill in them the sense of right and wrong that should prevent this from occurring.   

While I realize that simple graffiti may not warrant the emotional response it gave me, it is often the simple things that can make the most difference.  

Sincerely,

MJ Lob

Patch is happy to report that the graffiti has since been removed and further beautification is scheduled for the park. Charles Barrett, Smithtown Director of Parks, Buidlings and Grounds, in a phone conversation, said they were able to grind out the cement area where the graffiti occurred. In addition to the new brick pavers and clean up, Barrett says new plantings will be installed next week.

new guy February 24, 2012 at 03:12 PM
the memorial looks good. looks like they will have a area behind the memorial for plantings.
new guy February 24, 2012 at 08:26 PM
MJ thanks for bringing this to everyone attention. I agree about how kids are today. We never would have thought of doing something like that when we were kids.
John Massaro February 27, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Why did they move the big monument & replace it with that weak little thing? Looks like a gravestone. I kissed my future wife for the very first time behind that monument when it was still there...
new guy February 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
the idea was to move it to the center of the town. its across from the fire house.
John Massaro February 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Wasn't it moved once before also?
John Massaro February 27, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I added to the photo gallery an old photo of the monument in what I think was it's original location? Can anybody verify that?
new guy February 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM
john thats it. KPM used to be a cattle farm.
new guy February 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM
its now across from the firehouse.
John Massaro February 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
So the monument was placed on the cattle farm before the park was built or were they planning to build the park there anyway? This is interesting to me...
new guy February 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
john why were your comments deleted?
new guy February 29, 2012 at 05:01 PM
i think i figured it out....funny though, it looks like i'm talking to myself. looks like johns account was suspended.
KP All My Life February 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
i think the patch editors decided to ban him and delete his account. i think its because his opinions didnt match theres. they claim he was attacking others in here but ive been reading his posts since he came in here and i saw no reason for why he was treated like this. hes done nothing but contribute to this site with info and history on kings park. he knows alot about this town. you can tell hes very passionate about this town. personally i find it to be very unfair what they are doing to him. and its now obvious from your post that others are going to miss him too.
new guy February 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
must be. because normally if someone delets their own comment it shows "deleted comment" i don't see any trace of john. john if your still reading i'm going to assume the pic you posted in the gallery was after the cattle were gone but taken as the park was being built. it is a veterans memorial...hence kings park memorial feild. i'm sure they had a dedication ceromony at the time.
John from Kings Park February 29, 2012 at 06:56 PM
They are going to delete me again as soon as they see this so I just wanted to thank you for your information on the KP memorial. I have a lot of fond memories growing up around that park. Like I've previously stated, I kissed my future wife for the first time behind that very same memorial when it was still at the park. Great memories... Thanx again, dude...

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