Trenton residents voice outrage over vandalism at Afghan war memorial
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:39PM EST
Residents in Trenton, Ont., have expressed outrage and disgust after an Afghan war memorial was vandalized only days after Remembrance Day services.
The incident, which took place early Wednesday morning, has evoked a strong community response.
Home to CFB Trenton, the military plays a strong role in the community of 20,000.
A furious Quinte West Mayor John Williams said he’s received hundreds of emails and notes from residents upset by the recent vandalism attack.
“I’ve heard people on talk-back radio asking what the punishment should be,” he said. “We should set an example when we catch the individual responsible for this. There’s just no excuse.”
Two CCTV images from the memorial’s site have been released showing a man with a baseball cap destroying flowers and plants at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, then walking away.
The memorial site, dedicated just last Saturday by families for soldiers killed in Afghanistan, was not damaged. Wreaths laid at the site were also untouched and city crews have already repaired the plants.
Quinte West OPP are currently investigating the situation.
“We asking anyone who knows anything to come forward with information to police,” said Williams. “We’d be very happy when we catch the person responsible.”
No arrests have yet been made.
Trenton is located about 160 kilometres east of Toronto.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s John Musselman