Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Summer travel season in Washington, D.C. saw a surge in the travellers’ numbers however, Lincoln Memorial witnessed something which is nothing less than vandalism. The graffiti was discovered around 4:30 a.m. ET Tuesday and appears to say “[expletive] law,” according to a statement provided by NPS.
Both sites of vandalism are already being actively cleaned up by a National Mall and Memorial Parks monument preservation crew. The cleanup will continue until all evidence of the graffiti is gone as NPS stated. The monument, which overlooks the National Mall and Capitol Building, is currently being cleaned using a “mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper,” according to a report on NBC News.
The other silver graffiti was found nearby on Constitution Avenue which was not legible.
This is not the first time that national monuments in DC have been tampered with. In February, the World War II, DC War Memorial, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial were all vandalized with conspiracy-filled graffiti. Similar examples of vandalism took place in 2013 as well when the statues of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial and Joseph Henry, outside the headquarters of the Smithsonian Institution were sprayed in green paint.
The Code of Federal Regulations says anyone seen defacing the treasures will be levied with strict penalties. It is “prohibited to destroy, injure, deface, or damage national park property.” The crime is a federal misdemeanor and punishable by three to six months in prison and a $500 fine.