A flagpole at a memorial honoring five New York City firefighters who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks has been cut down by the same anti-American savages who have sought to destroy parts of the country following the death of George Floyd.
The disrespectful attack on the monument located in Washingtonville, just north of New York City, has sparked a police investigation.
Washingtonville Police Chief Brian Zaccaro told the Times-Herald Record that vandals cut the flagpole about four or five feet from its base, toppling it.
They also wrote a message on the part left standing. Police would not release what the message said, but stated that an eagle figure that sat atop the flagpole was found next to a vandalized sign at the St. Mary’s Parish Center about a half-mile away.
“The destroy everything & hate everyone culture has struck again last night as the Washingtonville NY Orange County 9/11 Memorial park was vandalized & AMERICAN FLAG CUT DOWN. These individuals obviously don’t know what sacrificing everything to save a fellow human being really is.”
“These two locations mean so much to Washingtonville and the larger community,” said New York State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, whose district includes the area, the Record reported.
Washingtonville Mayor Joseph Bucco said the village will replace the damaged flagpole and placed a $3,000 reward for information about the incident and the suspects, according to the Times-Herald Record.
“There’s always someone sitting on those benches, from morning until night,” Bucco said, noting that the vandalism must have happened the previous night.
The memorial includes a semi-circle of black granite monuments bearing the names of five local victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, all members of the New York City Fire Department: firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion Chief Dennis Devlin and Lt. Glenn Perry. Atop each stone is a replica of a firefighter’s helmet.
The somber, granite-and-brick tribute to the “Washingtonville Five” and the other 9/11 victims was completed on Sept. 7, 2002, in time for the first anniversary of their deaths.
Vandals across the country have been targeting statues, memorials, and monuments as part of what they claim are protests against “racial injustice.”
The scope of their targets doesn’t quite fit this narrative, however, such as a statue of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass which was toppled over in Rochester, New York.
The Douglass statue was attacked on July 5th, the anniversary of his famous speech ‘What to the slave is the fourth of July?’ pointing out the hypocrisy of celebrating independence when millions of Black people remained enslaved.
The statue was ripped from its base and dragged 50 away, ending up near a river gorge.
“[W]ithout any clear answers, the news of the statue’s destruction set off wide speculation about whether it was connected in some way to the continuing debate over the defacement, toppling and removal of monuments honoring Confederate generals and other controversial white historical figures,” The New York Times wrote.