‘Extensive’ Graffiti Vandalism to Veterans Memorial in Venice Will Take Time to Repair: Officials

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Officials said that the damage from a graffiti attack on a veterans memorial in Venice was so extensive that it will take some time to restore the monument.

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)

Volunteers removed much of the graffiti over the Memorial Day weekend but it appears more work will be necessary to fully restore the memorial.

The memorial is painted on the side of a Metro building.

“We were initially hopeful that the graffiti could be removed without damaging the memorial, but Metro's contractor says the damage is too extensive,” Metro CEO Phil Washington said in a statement. “Metro will work with the community to gather historical photos so the wall can be restored. In the meantime, Metro will cover the wall as a gesture of respect to the fallen whose names were covered by the graffiti."

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. 

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.