Monuments for Veterans defaced across America before Memorial Day

As the nation prepares to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for America, vandals have appeared to deface memorials to them. In at least three incidents across the nation, the memory to those who served in uniform is being forgotten and disrespected.


In Los Angeles, a block long mural to honor veterans was defaced this past week. The memorial featured images of US Military personnel throughout history and had a list of names of personnel missing in action from the Vietnam War. Though it is not the first time for the mural to be covered with graffiti, this time the vandalism has been so bad that it covers many of the names of the people who are still listed as Missing in Action. The mural, in the Venice area of Los Angeles, was painted in 1992 by a Vietnam War veteran and has the words “You are not forgotten” and the number of those still missing painted on it.veterans

George Francisco, vice president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce and head of a non-profit organization called Veterans Foundation Inc. called the act of vandalism a “desecration”.

In Henderson, Kentucky a display of crosses in honor of Americans who fell in the line of duty was set up in Henderson Park. At about 6 am on Saturday, a 27-year-old man named Anthony Burrus was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and for leaving the scene of an accident when he drove his vehicle though the rows of crosses. The local community is trying desperately to restore the display in time for Memorial Day.veterans

Added to these incidents, in Virginia, the Petersburg National Battlefield has been looted. On Friday, National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olsen said numerous illegal excavations were found on the park’s 2,700 acre area where Union and Confederate soldiers once fought in the Siege of Petersburg.veterans

Pics via KCAL 9 and Henderson Police Dept. via AP

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