What became of the vanishing memorial is a mystery. No one had ever bothered it before.
Oscar wonders if today's arrival of President Bush at MacDill Air Force Base was more than a coincidence. The memorial was in sight of the base entrance guard station.
"I'm just thinking that the president's coming and there's a picture of a Marine that was killed," said Oscar. "He doesn't want to know that? He doesn't want to see that? . . . I hope that wasn't the reason."
Originally posted by longhaircowboy
More of Bushs refusal to see the truth of his actions? Or the work of vandals?
Either way it's disgusting and appalling. The perpetraters of this sad incident should be sent to Baghdad.
MacDill denies it, the City of Tampa denies it. The White House denies it. So who removed the roadside memorial to Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles and why?
On Wednesday, the mystery was solved.
The poster-sized framed portrait of Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Aviles, and the bricks that surrounded it, turned up in back of a DOT maintenance yard in east Tampa. "It was a miscommunication. We did not think we had pulled up the memorial but it was on one of our crews' trucks and we didn't realize it," said Kris Carson, a spokeswoman for the Florida Transportation Department.
Harvey Hunt, a state maintenance engineer, walked into the yard and saw the missing picture Tuesday. He knew right away it was Andy Aviles.
The portrait was at the end of a line of handmade memorials and real estate boxes DOT had plucked from roadsides. The concrete memorials could damage a car, Hunt said.
That's why a maintenance crew picked up Andy Aviles' memorial. It had become a safety hazard, Carson said.
Initially, she said DOT didn't take it. But that was a mistake, she said. It had been in the back of a crew's truck.