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Community Extends Support To Legion Following Vandalism On Afghanistan Memorial

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Community Extends Support To Legion Following Vandalism On Afghanistan Memorial

Image shows monument during the unveiling in October - prior to the vandalism. Photo by: Brandon Piper

The local Royal Canadian Legion is receiving local and federal support after a war memorial was vandalized outside their building in Waterways last week.

Last Monday morning, someone smeared white paint on the LAV III statue – which was used by troops in Afghanistan.

Branch 165 President Pat Duggan Mix News the day after the act occurred Canadian Veterans Affairs said they’d be willing to provide funds to help with costs – if necessary.

“We had about 90-95 per cent of it already cleaned up and there’s only been minimal damage to the monument itself. Some of the paint took off the original green. But the LAV-Canada company has sent us some additional paint as well. So, hopefully, we’ll be able to get that done without any overall cost to the Legion.”

Duggan says now that work is mostly completed they’ll start with the beautification process of the Legion, which they hope to have completed this summer.

He adds since the act, support from the community and Veterans Affairs has been unbelievable.

“It’s quite humbling where the citizens, business and local politicians all reach out pretty much immediately and lend their support to us and we know if there were any further difficulties – we’ve got the back of the community, their support and their assistance, which is fantastic because they have ours.”

Wood Buffalo RCMP continue to investigate the vandalism.