Crime & Justice

Defaced Venice war memorial covered for now

U.S. Marine PFC Joseph Dudley, foreground, with PFC Zak Stepniewski, place American Flags in an ivy-covered wall next to a vandalized war memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The two Marines on leave from their base in Twentynine Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be restored.
U.S. Marine PFC Joseph Dudley, foreground, with PFC Zak Stepniewski, place American Flags in an ivy-covered wall next to a vandalized war memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The two Marines on leave from their base in Twentynine Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be restored.
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U.S. Marine PFC Joseph Dudley, foreground, with PFC Zak Stepniewski, place American Flags in an ivy-covered wall next to a vandalized war memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The two Marines on leave from their base in Twentynine Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be restored.
Former U.S. Marine Jon Scudder, left, watches as a Metropolitan Transit Authority worker prepare to cover a vandalized Vietnam War Memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The Los Angeles memorial honoring prisoners and those missing in action during the Vietnam War was covered with a tarp on Memorial Day after authorities determined it was too badly damaged by graffiti to be quickly restored.
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U.S. Marine PFC Joseph Dudley, foreground, with PFC Zak Stepniewski, place American Flags in an ivy-covered wall next to a vandalized war memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The two Marines on leave from their base in Twentynine Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be restored.
Flowers are left next to a vandalized Vietnam War memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The Los Angeles memorial honoring prisoners and those missing in action during the Vietnam War was covered with a tarp on Memorial Day after authorities determined it was too badly damaged by graffiti to be quickly restored.
Richard Vogel/AP
U.S. Marine PFC Joseph Dudley, foreground, with PFC Zak Stepniewski, place American Flags in an ivy-covered wall next to a vandalized war memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The two Marines on leave from their base in Twentynine Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be restored.
Metropolitan Transit Authority workers prepare to cover a vandalized War memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The Los Angeles memorial honoring prisoners and those missing in action during the Vietnam War has had to be covered with tarp on Memorial Day after authorities determined it was too badly damaged by graffiti to be quickly restored.
Richard Vogel/AP
U.S. Marine PFC Joseph Dudley, foreground, with PFC Zak Stepniewski, place American Flags in an ivy-covered wall next to a vandalized war memorial in Venice Beach on Monday, May 30, 2016. The two Marines on leave from their base in Twentynine Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be restored.
A Vietnam War memorial in Venice, California was defaced shortly before Memorial Day weekend in 2016.
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UPDATE, 5/30/16: A Los Angeles memorial honoring prisoners and those missing in action during the Vietnam War has had to be covered with tarp on Memorial Day after authorities determined it was too badly damaged by graffiti to be quickly repaired.

The wall, adjacent to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus yard in Venice Beach was tagged earlier in the week.

Metro officials said Monday they had hoped to work with community volunteers to clean it up this weekend but realized it was too badly damaged.

The block-long wall contains the names of 2,273 soldiers, many of which will have to be re-inscribed.

Two Marines on leave from their high desert base in 29 Palms left 100 American flags there Monday until it can be fixed.

—Associated Press

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A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti.

KCAL/KCBS-TV reports the vandalism occurred sometime during the past week.

The block-long memorial wall on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court lists the names of American service members missing in action or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. Painted by a Vietnam veteran and dedicated in 1992, it declares, "You are not forgotten."

The wall has been tagged previously but the latest vandalism stretches for almost the entire length of the memorial and covers up many of the 2,237 names painted on the wall.

Fortunately, as of Sunday morning, volunteers were already hard at work, restoring the memorial.

Reporter Rick Montanez of NBCLA tweeted a picture of people scrubbing away at the wall.

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