In Washingtonville, a village just outside of New York City, a memorial to 9/11 was vandalized, as discovered on Wednesday. The memorial was a tribute to five local firefighters who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Washingtonville Police Chief Brian Zaccaro told the newspaper that vandals cut the flagpole about four or five feet from its base, toppling it. They also wrote a message on the part left standing. Police would not release what the message said, but stated that an eagle figure that sat atop the flagpole was found next to a vandalized sign at the St. Mary’s Parish Center about a half-mile away.
These vandals and domestic terrorists are leaving a trail of destruction across the country, essentially attacking anything that resembles American patriotism.
It’s not just confederate statues. They’ve destroyed a statue of Frederick Douglas, a black abolitionist with a brilliant mind. They’ve destroyed statues of Abraham Lincoln, an abolitionist who freed the slaves. They’re burning flags and raising other countries or militant flags in their place.
The community is upset about this local tribute to their own fallen heroes.
From the Record:
The memorial includes a semi-circle of black granite monuments bearing the names of five local victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, all members of the New York City Fire Department: firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion Chief Dennis Devlin and Lt. Glenn Perry. Atop each stone is a replica of a firefighter’s helmet.
The somber, granite-and-brick tribute to the “Washingtonville Five” and the other 9/11 victims was completed on Sept. 7, 2002, in time for the first anniversary of their deaths. Police say no parts of the memorial other than the flagpole were damaged.
The mayor of Washingtonville has vowed to replace the memorial and offered a reward of more than $3,000 for information leading to the arrest of individuals responsible.