Two arrested for taking part in vandalism of Iwo Jima War Memorial


By Michael Swaney

Two 17-year-olds were arrested on Wednesday for taking part in the vandalism of a war memorial in Massachusetts last month.

The vandalism took place on Jan. 27 and targeted Fall River’s Iwo Jima War Memorial.

Video was captured of the incident and released by the Fall River Police Department.

In the video, a group of people can be seen climbing on the statue that depicts the U.S. Marines’ capture of Mount Suribachi during World War II and spray painting it.

According to The Herald News, suspects drew phallic symbols in yellow spray paint on the statue.

The city’s war memorial in Bicentennial Park is dedicated to all Marine Corps members who have died in defense of the United States since 1775.

The memorial has been defaced three other times in the last decade.

Herald News reported people emptied a fire extinguisher on it in 2017 and the statue and light fixtures around it were damaged in 2016.

In 2014, someone stole the monument’s flag.

The two who were arrested were only identified by police as males and there are at least two more that have yet to be arrested.

Falls River police said they are working to identify more suspects.

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