Coping with the loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult but for Margaret and Brett Edwards, it’s been exceptionally gruelling.
Thursday marks the one-month mark since their husband and father, Warren Edwards passed away, and one of the things he left behind was his Anzac-themed license plates, etched with the words ‘lest we forget’.
Having served in the Vietnam war as an engineer, Warren valued the plates tremendously and had moved them from car to car over the last four years.
Margaret and Brett hoped to keep the plates in good condition for as long as they could but on Monday, while Margaret was shopping at Coles, someone vandalised the plates, targeting only the ‘lest we forget’ text.
“When I came out at 9.30am to put the groceries in the car, I noticed the scratches on the plate.” Margaret said.
“He’s had the plates on his last three or four cars. He’s had them for a while,” Brett added.
“Whoever did it doesn’t have respect for anyone or anything. It shows a lack of discipline.”
Margaret hasn’t bothered contacting the police, mostly due to the absence of security cameras in the Coles carpark on Mortimer Street.
While it would be hard for them to face the vandal, Margaret and Brett would both like the person to come forward and own up to their actions.
“Maybe this can help people understand that we need security cameras in places like this."Brett Edwards
“If they’ve got the insides for it, that’d be good,” Margaret said.
“I don’t see it happening, though,” Brett added.
The act likely stemmed from boredom or apathy as Margaret said it can’t have been caused by a personal vendetta.
“If you turned up to his funeral there were 350 people there. He didn’t have any enemies.”
The Mortimer Street location is one that’s being pushed to implement security cameras – there’s even a petition online for it.
“Maybe this can help people understand that we need security cameras in places like this,” Brett said.