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.
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.