Ron Eisler had just finished his Sunday chores when he noticed there was more work left to do.
He noticed a story about graffiti on the Regina Cenotaph.
“The first thing I thought of was just thousands and thousands of people walking by this desecrated monument come Monday morning and no one will be equipped to remove it for probably days,” he said.
So Eisler went down to Victoria Park and removed the graffiti himself.
“It looks like nothing ever happened,” he said.
Eisler said he’s qualified, working with sandblasting equipment for a living. Without his employer’s equipment, he took his own sandblaster and got to work. Eisler said he didn’t want to wait to get through “red tape.”
“I don’t want people seeing (the graffiti), that just gives power to the person that did this,” he said, explaining why he wanted it gone so quickly.
“The most powerful thing you can do to fight it is undo their work just as easily as they did it.”
Eisler is now concerned his employer will face backlash for his good deed, as he’s since been told it’s illegal to touch the Cenotaph without permission.
He stands by his work though, saying the defaced side now looks the same as the others.