Massachusetts police are investigating the separate instances of vandalism
Boston memorials honoring veterans and fallen police officers were vandalized in separate instances this week.
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CBS News reports that several memorials at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan and the WWII Memorial in Castle Island were doused with some type of oily liquid.
The Boston Police Department said that at Mount Hope Cemetery, The Boston Police Relief Association Memorial was vandalized, as well as Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI & WWII, Knights of Columbus and Free Masons memorials.
The Boston Police Relief Association said on Facebook on Tuesday that it condemns "in the strongest possible terms" the vandalism that occurred:
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The WWII Memorial near Castle Island, South Boston, which "commemorates the 216 soldiers from South Boston and Dorchester killed during World War II," was also vandalized separately.
Speaking about the WWII Memorial in Castle Island, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch told the American Military News on Monday: “It’s disgraceful. Absolutely disgraceful."
"These men gave their lives in fighting Nazi Germany.”
“It’s a sign of the times. The world has just gone crazy,” Lynch added.
On Facebook, the Thomas J. Fitzgerald VFW Post 561 in South Boston thanked those who were working to restore the WWII memorial :
We are grateful for those responsible for their support in working to undo the defacement of our beloved WWII Memorial.. to our local elected leaders, DCR, Massport, & others: we cannot thank you enough.Publiée par Thomas J. Fitzgerald VFW Post 561 sur Mardi 19 mars 2019
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Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh said: “These acts of vandalism will not be tolerated in our city.”
These acts of vandalism will not be tolerated in our city. Together with the @bostonpolice, we will make sure anyone involved will be held responsible.March 19, 2019
“Together with the Boston police, we will make sure anyone involved will be held responsible," Mayor Walsh added.
The Boston Police Department, who has launched an investigation into the matter, is asking the public to come forward with any tips about who may be responsible.
#BPD seeks public’s help in effort to ID person responsible for vandalism to Mt. Hope Cemetery memorials in Mattapan. Said @BPDPCGross, “I find it beyond reprehensible and wrong anyone would think it okay to damage and desecrate such hallowed grounds." https://t.co/pFk5AFZtEY pic.twitter.com/Z0GJV8QE3Y— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) March 19, 2019
On Tuesday, Boston police officer James Kenneally said there had been no discovery of a connection between the Mattapan and Castle Island vandalism.