Pittsburgh Police from Zone 2 responded to reports of vandalism at the War Memorial at Doughboy Square at the junction of Butler Street and Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville before 8:00 a.m.
Officers found the memorial splashed with red paint and scrawled with indeterminate messages.
People who KDKA talked to say they’re hurt and disgusted by the act of vandalism on a day when we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“It’s just so sad,” Duane Rieder, a Pittsburgh resident, said. “What is your message? Why would you do something like this to this incredible piece?”
The monument, known as “The Doughboy War Memorial,” honors those who served in World War I, but is also in memory to all military members who have sacrificed it all.
“Everybody knows it for where it is. The corner here where Butler comes into here with Penn,” said Rieder.
Police are reviewing all available video footage. Arrangements are being made to have the memorial cleaned.
“Vandalizing a memorial on any day is wrong, but it is incomprehensible to vandalize this memorial on a day in which we honor those who served and gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. Pittsburgh Police will vigorously investigate this crime, “Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police immediately at (412) 323-7800.
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