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Community members came together the day before Memorial Day to clean up a wall dedicated to Vietnam War veterans that was vandalized ahead of Monday's holiday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on May 29, 2016.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has released the following statement regarding the vandalism:

As we celebrate Memorial Day, Los Angeles and the nation are horrified at this despicable act of desecration, a horrible insult to those who paid the sacrifice for their nation.  We are taking every step possible to identify and arrest those responsible, and to restore this historic mural that pays tribute to our POWs and MIAs.

My office and LA Metro, which owns the property, has engaged a range of agencies to accomplish both tasks:  the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department the Los Angeles Police Department; the City of Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification; and the The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), one of the most respected mural restoration agencies in the country.

The Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident or those responsible should call 888 950 7233, or my office at 310-575-8461. The City of Los Angeles offers a standing reward of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for illegal graffiti, and when the City Council meets next on Tuesday, I plan to introduce a motion increasing that reward to $10,000 for this incident.  I anticipate the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will do the same.

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