Vandals tag cenotaph in NDG park on eve of D-Day anniversary


On the eve of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a cenotaph in NDG honoring veterans of the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War was vandalized.

Sometime on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, someone spray-painted an encircled 'A' — the universal symbol for anarchy and lawlessness — on the monument in NDG Park, commonly known as Girouard Park to locals.

Local city councillor Peter McQueen calls the graffiti tag "pure idiocy", and quickly ordered a graffiti removal team into action.

"The borough takes it very seriously," McQueen says.

Within hours, the graffiti was erased, though a faint outline remains. Nonetheless, it still remains a jarring sight for parkgoers.

"I think it's disturbing, to say the least," one local resident told CJAD 800. "Anarchists can express their rage in different ways, but not necessarily disrespecting things that people hold dear to their hearts. I mean, they're veterans."

"It's totally a lack of respect and a lack of education," another man said.

The cenotaph at NDG Park has been targeted by vandals in the past.

CJAD 800's Matt Gilmour contributed to this report.