EUGENE, Ore. --- At around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, several people at Skinner Butte Park in Eugene noticed the Wall of Honor Memorial was spray painted with the words “I refuse to glorify imperialism."
Eugene resident Paige Bennett said she and her mother were two of the first people to notice the damage, and they called the non-emergency police line.
"My grandpa is a veteran, my fiancé is a veteran,” Bennett said. “seeing the community destroy it like that is just really sad."
Officers from the Eugene Police Department along with several veterans in the area, worked to clean the structure, but there was still some paint left when they were finished.
Brad Daugherty said he’s been looking over the monument for over 25 years. He said he’s never seen anything like this during his time.
"Nothing has ever happened to this monument like what happened last night or yesterday afternoon,” Daugherty said. “I was absolutely devastated."
He said he will work to remove the remainder of the paint, as well as touch up the places that were damaged during the incident.
Despite this unfortunate situation, Daugherty said this won’t stop him from coming to pay his respects.
"I enjoy coming here and remembering people who have given their all for this country,” he said.