Veterans Memorial in Venice Vandalized: ‘It’s Sad and Shocking’

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In the week before Memorial Day, Venice residents noticed the frustratingly familiar sight of graffiti.

The mural along Pacific Avenue has a message at the top reading “You Are Not Forgotten” and bears the names of 2,273 soldiers counted as either prisoners of war or missing in action in Vietnam. The wall was vandalized ahead of Memorial Day. (Credit: KTLA)

The mural along Pacific Avenue has a message at the top reading “You Are Not Forgotten” and bears the names of 2,273 soldiers counted as either prisoners of war or missing in action in Vietnam. The wall was vandalized ahead of Memorial Day. (Credit: KTLA)

But this time, the location was especially egregious: Vandals scrawled big, white letters over part of a mural memorializing Vietnam War veterans.

“It’s sad and shocking,” said Venice Chamber of Commerce Vice President George Francisco. “Such ignorance and animosity.”

The damage, he said, feels especially personal -- his father was a Green Beret in Vietnam and did two combat tours.

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