May 28 2016
Vandals in Venice defaced a memorial to Vietnam War veterans who were Prisoners Of War (POW) or who never returned home and are still considered Missing In Action (MIA). The LA police have indicated they have no interest in investigating it.
Breitbart The culprits behind the vandalism are unknown. According to CBS Los Angeles, the vandalism–consisting of spray-paint placed over the names of those POW or MIA–stretches for “about one hundred feet.” The paint covers hundreds of names of those lost during the war.
Venice Chamber of Commerce chairman George Francisco responded to the vandalism by saying the graffiti is “a desecration.” Francisco said, “I’ve known the sacrifice these people made in an incredible unpopular war. [And] to continue the mistreatment of Vietnam veterans is somewhat shocking; somewhat shocking and quite sad.”
Francisco worked to bring a replica of the Washington DC Vietnam War Memorial to Venice in March. His father was a combat vet in the war. Above the paint, the memorial’s words still appear: “You Are Not Forgotten. 2,273 POW/MIAs Still Unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.”
The LAPD says it “is not actively investigating” the vandalism.