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West Richland Military Memorial Vandalized

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Local veterans believe vandals damaged a memorial that has stood for more than a decade. Local veterans believe vandals damaged a memorial that has stood for more than a decade.

West Richland, WA - Local veterans believe vandals damaged a memorial that has stood for more than a decade.

It was actually a veteran who first reported the vandalism of the memorial at Flat Top Park in West Richland that left broken pieces scattered all around the area.

"They represent something. They represent the fallen," explained Eugene Lamm, the President of our local chapter for Combat Veterans International. Before the pieces were broken, it was the sign of the soldier's cross. The helmet, boots, dog tags and rifle of a fallen soldier is a symbol of remembrance to all that have served.

"We want to see that somebody is brought to justice," explained Lamm. He says he has two men on his mind; men he served with who did not make it like he did. Lamm thinks this was disrespect to them and the many others who died in combat.

"It's just not a rifle. It's just not a helmet. This actually means something and if you could step forward and turn yourself in we would appreciate it. However, with that being said I would like them to participate in the rebuilding and rededication."

Lamm thinks an education is in order. He told NBC Right Now what would satisfy him and the other veterans as punishment would be seeing the person who did this truly understand what the memorial means to them and many others.

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