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Historic cemetery desecration caught on camera

DAYTON, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- A group formed about two years ago to fix up the historic Saint Francis Cemetery in Dayton, Kentucky.

They put hard work into restoring a piece of history only to see another group vandalize the cemetery.  And it was caught on surveillance.

Jim Vice has history at Saint Francis Cemetery.  His family members were buried there.  Two years ago he and other volunteers began cleaning up the cemetery that had been neglected for decades.

"We started a cleanup up here just to preserve what's left here," Vice said.  "It's been vandalized a lot over the years.  We've reached a point where we've got a lot of the trees and stuff cleaned up."
   
But this past Sunday a group partied there and destroyed the volunteers' hard work.  They were seen on surveillance hanging from a flagpole.

There were 6 to 8 men that toppled this flagpole volunteers had erected.  There was a nice solar lamp on top of it.  The state of Kentucky flag as well as the American flag flew from the pole that the vandals tore down, paraded around with, then burnt in a nearby barrel.
   
The caretakers found broken headstones and alcoholic beverages tossed throughout the graveyard.  St. Francis sits isolated along the train tracks, cut off from much of Dayton because there's no access road.  Volunteers who've worked hard and cared for the property had hoped people would have more respect for the dead.

The Diocese of Covington oversees the cemetery and helps maintain the grounds.  There are 900 people buried there, 12 are veterans.

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