A large World War II memorial in Charlotte, North Carolina was defaced over the weekend by protestors.
The 20-foot tall memorial, located at Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte, holds the names of over 500 patriots that died in the county fighting during WWII.
In the overnight hours the monument was defaced with references to communism, spray painting the hammer and sickle with the words: “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986.”
The date is a reference to a prison riot in Peru when 224 people were killed by the military to quell the riot.
A portion of the WWII monument that read, “Dedicated to the memory of the Mecklenburg heroes of World War II who made the supreme sacrifice that you might live in liberty, freedom, and peace,” was also covered in yellow paint.
Wayne White, a US Air Force Vet, rounded up some friends and is working to help clean up a Charlotte WWII memorial after seeing on social media that it had been defaced. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/KvrglFBwfN
— Jonathan Monté (@JonMonteFOX46) June 22, 2020
The phrase painted by vandals is similar to paint found on a Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania World War II monument over Memorial Day weekend. It was also painted onto the National World War I museum in Kansas City, Missouri last year.
Volunteers have begun to clean the monument that honors those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
News of the monument being defaced comes on the same day that New York City announced they will be removing a statue of former President Teddy Roosevelt from their museum of natural history.
.@RepJasonCrow on NYC taking down Teddy Roosevelt statue: “It is not an appropriate statue. … We need to have a conversation [about] our monuments, our statues, the names of our streets, the names of our bases, and what’s appropriate for our values.” pic.twitter.com/2KcptyTQHs
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 22, 2020
I’m the biggest fan of Teddy, but a lot of us (including me) could have benefited from seeing the statue before freaking out about its removal.
Not ideal—or reflective of his leadership—which is why his family supported taking it down. pic.twitter.com/faplTkwwTI
— Benji Backer (@BenjiBacker) June 22, 2020
So when do we get to remove liberal icon Franklin Roosevelt statues after he imprisoned Japanese Americans in concentration camps?