For the second time in the last three months, the cenotaph in Victoria Park was vandalized.
A word was spray painted in dark colouring on the war memorial. Crews were cleaning it up Wednesday morning, pressure washing it off.
“What a disgusting, ugly way to act. I would say they’re sick,” said World War II veteran Harold Hague. “It’s totally ignorant. The most disrespectful thing you can do.”
Hague called the graffiti an insult to those fought and died for Canada to have the freedom the country enjoy today. He has a reminder for the people responsible.
“Even though they break the law, there’s a freedom that they have to do all these things, but that freedom does not come without a cost and the cost was the thousands of men and women that we’ve lost in the war,” he explained.
“The monument there is to remember those who served the country.”
This act of vandalism follows an incident in May where somebody left blue wording on the cenotaph.
The city has previously said it responds to about one to two incidents annually. Policy states graffiti is removed within 72 hours on high profile assets and within 24 hours if the graffiti is hateful or obscene.
In this case the vandalism would likely have been classified as obscene.