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vandalism of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Philadelphia; Caretakers say damages amounted to $20,000

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vandalism of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Philadelphia;  Caretakers say damages amounted to $20,000

The caretakers of a memorial in Philadelphia honoring US military service members who fought and died while serving in Vietnam said it had been vandalized.

Terry Williamson, president of the Philadelphia Veterans Memorial, vandals caused $20,000 in damages, the most in the memorial’s 36-year history.

“It seems that for every two steps we take forward, these thugs and scoundrels take us three steps back,” he said in a statement. “The PVVM Board of Directors has been planning to undertake a number of maintenance projects, including the repair of dangerous and badly damaged walkways in the Monument area. This has to be postponed.”

The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial

His caretakers said the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Philadelphia had been vandalized in recent days. (google maps)

Damage includes destroyed lighting fixtures, torn medallions, and skate guards. The damage to the marble is still being assessed.

Williamson said the incident happened sometime in the last four or five days.

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Caretakers plan to raise money to repair the damage, which includes 20 marble “star” skating caps ripped off, 10 lighting caps and the removal or smashing of some lighting fixtures.

The memorial bears the names of the 648 native Philadelphians who died in the Vietnam conflict, similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

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