Italian-American Veterans Memorial Monument in Springfield defaced

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno has announced the Italian American Veterans Memorial Monument located in the South End in Springfield has been defaced.

The memorial features a monument of Christopher Columbus and bears the names of Italian-Americans residents of Springfield who served for the United States in wartime.

Sarno compared the vandalism to similar defacement of the Black Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument in Mason Square, saying both incidents disrespect the sacrifice made by local heroes.

This unfortunate incident is not unlike the vandalism that occurred to our Black Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument in our Mason Square honoring Black Americans who also made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

At that time, I denounced those actions and ordered restoration of that monument immediately. I will do the same here.

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

No information has been released on who may have committed the vandalism.

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