Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland Vandalized, Police Seek Help Identifying Suspects
A 125-year-old Civil War memorial in Cleveland was vandalized by a group of three men on Wednesday evening and police are seeking help to identify the suspects.
The men were caught on video breaking a piece of the cannon off of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Public Square.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate the broken piece, but have not yet identified the men seen in the footage.
“You cannot superglue, you can’t go to any Ace Hardware, Home Depot. You have to get a special welder to weld this piece of bronze back on and its quite expensive,” Caretaker Shane Doyle told WKYC.
According to a report from News 5 Cleveland, the memorial honors the “9,000 people from Cuyahoga County who fought to defend freedom in the Civil War. More than 1,000 of those individuals gave their lives for the cause.”
This is the second time the statute has been vandalized in recent times. Vandals climbing on the statue also broke a piece of it off in 2014. The three men in that case were sentenced to community service and ordered to pay for the more than $10,000 in damage that they caused.