Pittsburgh war memorial marked with communist graffiti on Memorial Day

by Laura Mize · May 26th, 2020 10:54 am

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Pittsburgh's World War I statue, The Doughboy, was vandalized with red communist graffiti early Memorial Day morning.

Pittsburgh residents woke Monday to find the memorial defaced with red hammer and sickle symbols, representing communism, and the words "June 19, 1986. Glory to the Day of Heroism." The graffiti seemingly refers to a battle waged between the Peruvian state and the People's Guerilla Army in Peru on that date.

Pittsburgh police said Monday they would review surveillance footage to try to find the culprit. City workers were cleaning the statue the same day.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto tweeted a plea for the vandal to leave the city.

The statue, which depicts a soldier wearing a helmet and carrying a firearm over his back, was erected after the first world war. Since then, plaques bearing the names of locals who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War have been added to the statue.


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