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What's Buggin' You: Grammatical goof on war memorial in Capitol Park

10:51 AM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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What's Buggin' You with Kate Larsen

SACRAMENTO - The paths running through Sacramento's Capitol Park are dotted with memorials dedicated to veterans, war heroes and firefighters. One of the monuments, The Purple Heart Memorial, has a typo engraved in the granite stone. It was bugging one News10 viewer so much that he got in touch with Kate Larsen.

"I was just making my meanders through here one day, and I happened to stop to read the memorial and I noticed the missing apostrophe," says Ralph Clouse, a Sacramento resident who walks through Capitol Park several times a week.

The Purple Heart memorial is a 3,000-pound red granite stone. At the bottom of the stone on the front side, there is an inscription that reads:

DEDICATED TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS
NATIONS OLDEST MILITARY DECORATION
"THE PURPLE HEART"

The word "nations" is possessive, so there should be an apostrophe between the "n" and the "s."

"I'm a little OCD, so you have to have the correct grammar," says Clouse who served in the Air Force and believes the typo should be corrected. "I just thought on a memorial something ought to be a little more professionally done."

About 100 of News10's Facebook friends agree. Chelsea Haller commented, "these are people we are honoring and by having grammatical errors it shows that we do not care."

Folsom's Chapter 385 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart dedicated the $13,000 stone almost two years ago in August. Shortly thereafter, the missing apostrophe was discovered.

"I figured well okay we probably need to get that fixed, and then I thought more about it and thought maybe I'm not going to fix it. I personally made the judgment call -- we're not going to fix it," says Harvey Wilson, Commander of Chapter 385 of the Purple Heart.

Wilson was decorated with the Purple Heart after he was shot in the leg while chasing down the enemy during the Vietnam War and says the missing apostrophe is symbolic of his scars. "It means more to me, by the stone not being perfect, because I will never be the same, I will never be perfect again whether it be the scar on the outside or scars on the inside."

Because of News10's story and public concern, Wilson says he will bring the issue to vote at his chapter meeting next week. He says the stone was copied from San Diego's memorial, which is also missing an apostrophe. The Sacramento company who made the stone has offered to fix it for free,.  Whether Wilson approves the correction remains to be seen.

If you would like to comment on this story, or if something else is bugging you, you can email Kate Larsen at bugkate@news10.net

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