Thieves stole another piece of Richland's history during the weekend.
Another of the historical markers recognizing war heroes was stolen from the yard of Charles Ripley. He lives at the corner of Scot Street and George Washington Way, and the marker honored the first president of our country.
The "In Honor Of" Historic Street Project, sponsored by Richland's AMVETS Post 397, has placed 159 markers since December, said Karen Miles, the project manager.
The Army Corps of Engineers and Manhattan Project District named 120 streets in the town they built to support the Hanford site for war veterans.
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The 4-foot tall markers provide the name of the street, veteran for which it is named, the birth and death dates of the veteran, the military branch and war they served in.
In June, four other markers were stolen but later were recovered.
"This one is very sad. It was the first to be erected on George Washington Way. He was one of the first to request a marker," she said.
Ripley said he was out gardening last weekend but didn't notice the marker missing until about 4 p.m. Sunday.
"I just wonder what kind of despicable, unpatriotic soul would rip off the sign in the first place," he said.
The markers are not easy to remove. They're firmly attached to a steel fence post set 2 feet in the ground in concrete.
"They ripped it right off because the bolts that held it on are still there," he said.
They also took the two American flags Ripley attached to either side of the marker to call attention to it.
Each of the markers has been paid for by donations from the community and cost about $300.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Richland police nonemergency dispatch line at 628-0333.