The deterioration of American culture and society is picking up steam as Obama year eight draws to a close. There is anarchy in the streets, perverts prowling women’s restrooms and now some scumbag (s) have vandalized a Vietnam war memorial. Nothing is sacred, everything is for sale, God is dead and the worst is yet to come. Adding to the insult and outrage it is Memorial Day weekend.
CBS Los Angeles reports “Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice”:
Vandals defaced a memorial to Vietnam war veterans in Venice – an awful sight on this Memorial Day weekend.
Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end.
“This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” Oscars said. “I remember the Vietnam war and how friends went to war, and bodies came back. Somehow, it has to be taught that this is not a good idea. This is actually stupid.”
The memorial was dedicated to service members who were listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.
George Francisco is the Vice President of the Venice Chamber of Commerce. He also runs a nonprofit called Veterans Foundation Incorporated.
“It’s a desecration. I mean it’s very simple. There’s no sort of other way around it. It isn’t graffiti,” Francisco said.
In March, Francisco helped to bring a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Venice Beach. His father was a combat veteran in that war and also helped organize the effort to put up the mural in the late 1980’s.
“I’ve known the sacrifices these people made in an incredibly unpopular war. So to continue the mistreatment of Vietnam veterans is somewhat shocking, somewhat shocking and quite sad,” Francisco added.
Whether one agrees with the wars that the government sends our military off to fight and die in is irrelevant, the people who perished there are deserving of respect and dignity. The defacing of the memorial is an outrage and whoever was responsible should be brought to justice and held responsible to the full extent of the law. The LA Times called it an act of “ignorance and animosity” and while accurate it fails to adequately describe the larger contempt for decent American society that the vandalism is a product of.