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    Default Giant Spongebob grave marker in historic cemetery

    http://www.armytimes.com/article/201...Bob-gravestone

    CINCINNATI — Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran’s towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone from her final resting place after they deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds were planning to meet with the soldier’s family to explore possible solutions.

    The headstone of Kimberly Walker, 28, was made in the likeness of her favorite cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 10, almost eight months after she was found slain in a Colorado hotel room.

    Despite getting the cemetery’s prior approval of the headstone’s design — a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform, with Walker’s name and rank — her family said Monday that cemetery staff called them the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down.

    The 7-foot headstone, along with a near-exact duplicate erected for Walker’s living twin sister, have been removed and will not be allowed back up, cemetery President Gary Freytag said Monday.

    “We’ve decided that they aren’t appropriate for our historic cemetery and they can’t be displayed here,” Freytag said, adding that the employee who approved the headstones made an inexplicable error in judgment, given the cemetery’s traditional, stately appearance.

    He acknowledged that the cemetery is at fault and that staff members would be meeting with Walker’s family on Tuesday to try to find a solution, which could include a more traditional gravestone bearing small likeness of the character.

    Freytag also said Spring Grove is prepared to reimburse the family for each headstone, which cost a combined $26,000, and pay for new ones.

    “I feel terrible that it got to this point but I’m hoping we can come out at the other end of the tunnel with a solution,” he said.

    Cemetery officials plan to meet with Walker’s family on Tuesday.

    Walker was an Army corporal assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion and served two year-long tours Iraq in 2006 and 2010 as a petroleum supply specialist, her family said.

    Walker was found dead in a hotel room in Colorado Springs in February on Valentine’s Day, strangled and beaten to death. Her boyfriend, an Army sergeant stationed nearby, was arrested and charged with her killing.

    Walker’s twin sister, Kara Walker, said the family is beyond distraught. A lot of thought went into choosing the gravestones which she said were chosen because her sister loved SpongeBob, even outfitting her entire bedroom with the cartoon character’s decorations.

    “It is frustrating that you entrust a cemetery to have your best interest at heart and accommodate you and your family at a hard time ... and because they don’t like it they’re going to take it down,” said Kara Walker, 29, an information technician for the U.S. Navy stationed in Naples, Italy.

    “My sister served our country and most people try to accommodate veterans and try to take care of them,” said Walker, who is visiting her family. “For them not to accommodate and respect what my sister sacrificed, not only for my family, but for everyone else in this country, really bothers me.”

    She said the only way the cemetery can make it up to the family, which she said pre-paid for six plots for $29,000, is to put the headstones back.

    “They already brought enough grief and pain to the family,” she said. “We want what we paid for and what I know my sister would have wanted.”


    A seven-foot tall Spongebob is prob the last thing I would want to see when visiting a historic cemetery. Again, I'm old school, and just because we served doesn't give a free pass to expect the world to treat us as special.

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    Default Re: Giant Spongebob grave marker in historic cemetery

    I agree, but experience tells me that cemeteries approve headstones and monuments upfront. Sounds like someone said okay, then changed their mind.
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    The article that I read yesterday mentioned that the family did get approval from the cemetary prior to even purchasing the headstones--there actually are two, one for her twin sister, still alive. The cemetary's position is that the guy that said OK was way off the mark. They have offered to reimburse the family for the cost of the headstones and to purchase replacements that have a small Spongebob on them.

    The family did everything right in this situation, trying to plan for a lasting memorial for their daughter, and now suddenly without warning it's falling apart.

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    Default Re: Giant Spongebob grave marker in historic cemetery

    Quote Originally Posted by Chief_KO View Post
    I agree, but experience tells me that cemeteries approve headstones and monuments upfront. Sounds like someone said okay, then changed their mind.
    Like the OP said...

    Quote Originally Posted by kool-aid View Post
    http://www.armytimes.com/article/201...Bob-gravestone

    Despite getting the cemetery’s prior approval of the headstone’s design — a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform, with Walker’s name and rank — her family said Monday that cemetery staff called them the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down.

    “We’ve decided that they aren’t appropriate for our historic cemetery and they can’t be displayed here,” Freytag said, adding that the employee who approved the headstones made an inexplicable error in judgment, given the cemetery’s traditional, stately appearance.

    He acknowledged that the cemetery is at fault and that staff members would be meeting with Walker’s family on Tuesday to try to find a solution, which could include a more traditional gravestone bearing small likeness of the character.
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    Default Re: Giant Spongebob grave marker in historic cemetery

    Thats a big punch to the face for the family. I agree it is a little out there but once they got permission and had their hearts set on it I think it is too late to go back.

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    The cemetery needs to chill out. They gave permission and now are reneging. Disgusting and dishonorable. To be honest, was surprised that an adult liked SpongeBob so much they wanted a grave marker in the image, but to each his/her own. Wouldn't bother me a bit to see that marker in a cemetery. Seen too many other markers that make me sad.

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    Default Re: Giant Spongebob grave marker in historic cemetery

    I was browsing their website...and was kinda leaning toward empathizing with them and their position...then I find out they have a race through there and a carshow.....

    http://www.springgrove.org/gallery.aspx?mID=85
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