Week before last we had a car go through the beautiful old iron fence at our most historic cemetery, St Michael's, in downtown Pensacola. The young woman driving the car was trying to see who had called her cell and she missed the call. Six old graves were damaged and this was about the 3rd incident with a car meeting the fence in the last few years. Hurricane Ivan had already done enough damage in 2004 but we still have idiots with a drivers license.
This cemetery is pretty much managed by the Historical Society and the Archaeologist at University of West Florida. This last car just missed my Mother in Law's grave by a couple of feet. Stephen R. Mallory is buried here and his grave is maintained and has the Battle Flag flying over it. Delity Powell is also buried there and she has a marker with the flag placed there by the SCV. This is a huge change from just a couple of decades ago. At that time, the cemetery was a mess, no one really bothered to maintain it and there had been a number of grave vandals.Then some group came in to clean it up and they hauled the fallen headstones they found to the dump. No, I'm not kidding. We don't know what happened to the Iron Cross that marked my 3xGGrandfather's grave. It went missing in the early 1900's. Now it is a National Historic Treasure and no one can do anything to it without going through a lot of paperwork.
We can only do what we ourselves can and there's just no way to convince others that graves are not meant to be ignored. Taking bust of a historic Confederate person seems to be not quite as important as when someone dumped white paint on mlk's bust downtown a few years back. That almost started another war.