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Vandals Strike Memorial and Cause $30,000 in damages

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2023

Vandals once again struck the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, causing perhaps the most significant damage in its 36-year history.

They destroyed light fixtures, ripped off metal medallions and skate guards for a total of an estimated $ – $30,000 in damages.

“It just seems that for every two steps forward we take, these thugs and miscreants set us back three steps,” noted Terry Williamson, PVVM president. “The PVVM board was planning to take on a number of maintenance projects, including the repair of dangerous and severely damaged walks in the area of the Memorial. That will need to be put on hold.”

The Memorial plans to raise funds to repair the damage, which must have occurred in the last four or five days.  The Memorial is still assessing the damage to the marble. Damaged or destroyed were:

  1. Approx. 20 “Star” skate stoppers in different areas have been pried off marble in different areas.
  2. Approx. 10 recessed light covers and actual light fixtures have been removed and/or smashed.

Anyone with information should contact the district 6 police headquarters at 215-686-3060.

Contributions are being accepted by check at PVVM, P.O. Box 29425. Philadelphia 19125 or by our web site: Click on the “Donate Today” button and follow the prompts.  Please indicate the donation is to “repair vandalism.”

Contact: Terry Williamson