This makes me sick!
I know that a lot of people are against the wars and that is their right. But, when you deface a memorial that is honoring the men and woman that lost their lives to give them that right, is unforgiving!!!!
the words that were written on the wall are " Price of Freedom"
Vandals deface Irving memorial
11:38 PM CDT on Sunday, May 29, 2005
By CHRIS HEINBAUGH / WFAA-TV
Many angry Irving residents are trying to find out who desecrated the city's veterans memorial on a weekend when America honors its war heroes.
Located in a park on Rock Island Road between Story Lane and MacArthur Boulevard, the memorial carries the names of Irving men and women who died in the service of their country.
Sometime early Sunday, someone honored their sacrifice with spray paint, all over the structure and on the ground.
Andy Greenwood came upon the damage on his first visit to Veteran's Memorial Park.
"What kind of person would do this, I really don't know," Greenwood said. "That's not a sign of respect, and that's what this place is about."
Irving's memorial was dedicated a year ago this week as a way to commemorate the city's sons and daughters who paid the ultimate price.
Veterans and supporters sold brick after brick to help get this built; one of those was former Marine Bob Moffatt who served in the Pacific in World War II.
"(I) went all the way up through the Marshall Islands, Guadalcanal and then on into Japan," Moffatt said.
The vandals spray-painted across the face of the memorial.
Nurturing the memorial has been Moffatt's passion. The desecration is hard to take, but not a surprise. People have been stealing letters from the memorial's sign too.
"The V's gone a lot," Moffatt said.
He fears the vandalism is a sign of something deeper: diminishing respect for veterans.
"I can't understand it," he said.
But others say no, declaring that this nation is still grateful, and a scrawl of grafitti cannot mask or devalue the real price so many have been willing to pay.