Raising money for Graceland Cemetery


ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, Graceland Cemetery was vandalized. There are more than 100 gravesites damaged.

Many community members and local businesses are helping raise money or repairing the damage themselves.

A GoFundMe page started on Tuesday night and a little under $2,000 is already raised. The page was started by a man in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and he has no connection to Albert Lea, but he wanted to help out.

“The interest and the support for the cemetery are far more important to me,” said Brad Wedge, president of the Board of Directors for Graceland Cemetery. “Watching people drive through and just be horrified by what has happened here and just not being able to understand and then coming together as a community and wanting to do something is far more important to me.”

Also, Albert Lea Electric repaired the broken light for free that was right in front of the Veteran’s Memorial.

Wedge appreciates the support from the community, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Thank you to anybody donating money — we appreciate it,” said Wedge. “Your concern for the cemetery isn’t going unnoticed.”

They are also looking for volunteers to clean off the stones so they can start repairing them next week.

Their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/2zcgr5wn

The Albert Lea Police Department is still trying to find the people responsible. If you have any informatio, you’re asked to call the ALPD.

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