Vietnam memorial in Dorchester vandalized
Leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Dorchester are stunned after the memorial was torn apart yesterday, officials say.
The memorial, dedicated in 1986 on Morrissey Boulevard, was apparently vandalized, said Joseph Zinck, memorial committee president.
Some 20 bushes were shredded with what could have been a chainsaw. Flower beds were torn apart and bricks were thrown at the face of the memorial, Zinck said.
âWe are trying to regroup and raise money to repair the damage that was done,â Zinck said minutes after discovering the ruins. Zinck was one of the volunteers who helped create the memorial.
âI donât know how weâll replace them. Weâll have to replace everything down there. Itâll be worth $15,000 to $20,000,â Zinck said. âItâs a tragic thing.â
âSomeone was very angry,â he added. âIt took someone a while to do this. They had to go down there with intention. I feel bad for whoever did this. They must have some anger issues.â