It was before the 2016 Memorial Day that taggers hit the Memorial Wall, destroying it. The act drew a crowd of Venetians and veterans from areas throughout the City. Many who came told of their time in Vietnam, tears were in the eyes of all, horns honked passing by, one man “stood watch,” and the hearts of all were saddened to see such disrespect.
B.J. Lawrence, national junior vice commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., and several VFW members from local Posts will join the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) at a special ceremony on April 5, to commence the restoration project of the POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice, Calif., and speak against memorial desecration.
The restoration project’s kick-off ceremony will begin at 11:15 am at the POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice, 614 Pacific Ave. Lawrence will lay a wreath at the memorial as part of the event.
SPARC ‘s Mural Rescue Team will begin the restoration process immediately following the event, and VFW members will be on hand to provide needed support.
The Venice memorial was recently vandalized for the second time in the past year, and restoration efforts will be extensive given the over 2,273 names which appear on the memorial. Venice Chamber of Commerce led the fundraising efforts to make this restoration possible.