WESTBURY, NY (CBSNewYork) – Philomenia Mistrulli received a letter from the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury telling her the bronze vase on her husband’s grave was stolen.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Several others were also stolen, for the scrap metal.

That section of the cemetery is designated for 9/11 victims.

“They knew what they were doing. That’s the 9/11 section. What they did it for probably was pennies of what it was worth,” she said.

Mistrulli sat near a large photo of her late husband Joseph, who was killed on 9/11, as she told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall what it has been like for her.

“To go through this, it was like opening old wounds again when I opened that letter,” she said.

That’s bad enough, but she is also upset over what the cemetery is planning on doing – replacing the vases with bronze-like vases.

“They are doing it to be cheap. That is exacting what they are doing,” she said.

The cemetery did not return Hall’s call for comment.

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