L.A. County Board of Supervisors Offers Reward for Vietnam Memorial Vandal
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the identification of the person who graffitied over the names of 2,273 Vietnam veterans on a memorial in Venice. The incident occurred just three days before the nation honored its fallen heroes. Stunned community members have already gathered together to clean the mural.
Tuesday's motion was authored by supervisors Michael Antonovich and Sheila Kuehl.
"This disgusting display of disrespect is an insult to those individuals who sacrificed for our country and a slap in the face to their still grieving families," Antonovich said. "It is also an indirect attack on all of our veterans and currently serving military personnel."
The mural was painted in the 1990s and and bears the message, "You Are Not Forgotten." It includes the names of POWs and those missing in action.
City Councilman Mike Bonin has proposed a second reward offered by the city. The Council is expected to approve that offer in the amount of $10,000 next week.
Read more about the search for the person or persons who defaced L.A.'s Vietnam memorial here.