Vietnam War memorial vandalized in Weymouth
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Vietnam memorial on the south shore was vandalized just days before Veteran’s Day.
“I went through an emotional roller coaster,” said Frank Burke of the Weymouth Vietnam Memorial Committee. “It looks like they either kicked it or they hit it on the elbow and kept hitting it until it shattered and broke the concrete base.”
Fifteen people enlisted from Weymouth were killed during the Vietnam War. The statue, now damaged, was meant to help remember them.
Burke and Paul Shinney said they discovered the statue smashed on Friday. The statue was damaged sometime in the last two weeks. The statue’s eye and nose were smashed, its arm cracked and its hand lying on the ground.
The veterans have spent almost 30 years tending to the memorial.
“I’d just like to see them have the courage to come forward as these people have had the courage to give their life to this country,” said Shinney.
Police said they’re investigating and asking for any information.
“I think it’s probably kids and they don’t really understand what’s behind the memorial and what it’s about. And someday, maybe they will,” said Captain Rick Fuller of the Weymouth Police Department.
The veterans are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to whoever vandalized the statue.