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Vandals Scrawl Hate-Filled Messages on Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park

Council Member Bob Holden observing the ugly graffiti at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park today (twitter)

June 2, 2021 By Christian Murray

Hate-filled vandals scrawled swastikas and other ugly messages on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park today.

The graffiti blanketed the memorial that features the names of 371 service members from Queens who gave up their lives in the Vietnam war.

“This is the worst vandalism I have seen in all my years,” said Council Member Bob Holden. “It’s very crude. It’s anti God, anti-soldier, anti-police, anti-everything.”

The vandals sprayed the words “baby killers” and lewd statements about God, along with swastikas in several places.

Holden said that the graffiti comes just days after a number of Memorial Day events were held at the park. He said that the police have notified him that they will be pursuing this as a hate crime.

“This is an insult to the United States and to every freedom-loving member of New York City,” Holden said. “It’s an insult to the soldiers who died.”

He noted that some of the graffiti is anti-NYPD, with a swastika scribbled next to the number 110, as in the 110th Precinct.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, who was the borough president when the memorial was completed in 2019, said that she would work with the NYPD to make sure the people responsible are held accountable.

The memorial sits on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Park, by the intersection of Grand Avenue and 79th Street. It features two walls facing each other and a flag poll.

“This is only Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Queens that pays homage to all the fallen service men and women from this borough,” Katz, who visited the ugly scene today, said. “The attack on the memorial, in this park, is a foul, criminal act.”

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz assessing the hate-filled graffiti at the memorial today (Photo: Courtesy of DA Katz)

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mediawatcher

Career Dem Machine Pols Katz and Crowley, as well as 2-bit nobody, T-Rump MAGA supporter Holden, should all be ashamed of themselves.
There is no more diverse area in the USA than Elmhurst, yet these White Supremacist thugs dare to erect a monument to anti-Asian hatred right in the heart of our community!
The entire disgusting tribute to War, racism, and genocide should be demolished, and the section of parkland devoted to Humanity, in all its beautiful, multi-colored glory.

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Ken

This was probably done by a bunch of punks who never have served a day in their life in the military because they are too afraid to. I hope a bunch of vets catch them in the act.

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