A war memorial to those who served or were killed in action during World War II has been vandalised with “No” slogans in south-east South Australia.

Key points:

  • The Cross of Sacrifice was found defaced on two sides with the word “No”
  • SA Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact CrimeStoppers
  • The vandalism was discovered on Sunday afternoon

The mayor of Victor Harbor said she was “beyond angry” to find the base of the town’s Cross of Sacrifice graffitied on two sides with the message in blue paint.  

The vandalism was discovered by Victor Harbor RSL sub branch president Kent Johncock on Sunday afternoon when he drove past the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens.

Mr Johncock said he was shocked when he saw the graffiti.

“To use that setting for political statements is extreme,” he said.

“It’s disgraceful and disrespectful and you just wonder why. It’s a place of honour.”

The monument sits within Victor Harbor’s Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens.(ABC South East SA: Caroline Horn)

Mr Johncock said he believed it was the first time in the monument’s 70-year history that it had been vandalised.

The cross had recently been repainted ahead of Remembrance Day commemorations.

Mayor Moira Jenkins said she contacted council staff immediately after she was notified on Sunday and by early Monday morning the graffiti had been painted over.

Ms Jenkins said she was appalled when she saw the graffiti, describing the vandalism as a “desecration” of the soldiers’ memorial.

“I’m just absolutely ropeable,” she said.

South Australia Police told the ABC they were aware of the vandalism and said that anyone who saw any suspicious activity or had any information about the incident should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The vandalism of the memorial comes after a dozen speed signs were found defaced with the word “No” in the state’s Mid North, Eyre Peninsula and Lower North.


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