The desecration of a Vietnam War memorial in Venice, California, that honors those who were declared missing in action, has some local residents reeling.
“This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” said local resident Stewart Oscars as he looked over the approximate 100 feet of graffiti. “I remember the Vietnam War and how friends went to war, and bodies came back,” he continued, as he held back tears.
George Francisco, Vice President of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, who also runs a nonprofit called Veterans Foundation Incorporated, said the tagging isn’t just graffiti, it’s desecration.
“I mean it’s very simple,” he said. “There’s no sort of other way around it.”
Francisco’s father was a Vietnam veteran who assisted in organizing the effort to create the memorial mural in the 1980s.
“I’ve known the sacrifices these people made in an incredibly unpopular war. So to continue the mistreatment of Vietnam veterans is somewhat shocking, somewhat shocking and quite sad,” Francisco said.
The graffiti appears to match other tagging seen around town, but the Los Angeles Police Department said it was not investigating the vandalism.
Nonetheless, Francisco said those responsible need to learn that it wasn’t only a bad idea, but downright stupid.
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