A SpongeBob headstone for an Iraq U.S. Army veteran has been removed from the Spring Grove Cemetery after the site deemed it inappropriate. Fox News shared the details on Oct. 22.
Kimberly Walker's family had gotten approval for the SpongeBob headstone from the cemetery prior to having it placed at the site. The gravestone shows the cartoon character in an Army uniform with Walker's name and rank. The headstone apparently measures 7-feet, and an identical one for her living twin sister was erected as well.
The cemetery called the family the day after it was put up and said it needed to be removed. The family was told that the cemetery decided the headstones “aren't appropriate for our historic cemetery and they can't be displayed here.” It is also said that the employee who approved the SpongeBob headstones made “an inexplicable error in judgment” when they approved the comical headstones for the traditional cemetery.
The family and the cemetery will be meeting to find a compromise, and the new headstone may be able to have a small SpongeBob likeness on it. The Spring Grove Cemetery is prepared to reimburse the family for the SpongeBob headstones, which cost them a total of $26,000. They will pay for the new headstones as well.