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Veterans Affairs to remove Nazi headstones in Utah, Texas

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 00:37:41-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that the process to remove grave headstones that display swastikas and markings related to the Nazi regime at cemeteries in Utah and Texas will begin later this month.

The agency said Monday that it will replace one headstone at Fort Douglas Post Cemetery in Salt Lake City and two at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

The headstone at Fort Douglas belongs to a German prisoner from World War II who died at a Utah hospital.

Members of Congress had asked the VA to remove or fix them.

San Antonio Express-News reports that the agency plans to preserve the headstones in its National Cemetery Administration History Collection after they’re replaced.