The Sackville detachment of the RCMP is trying to find out who spray painted lewd images of penises on both sides and the top of an armoured military vehicle last weekend in the town’s Memorial Park.
Alf Walker, first vice-president of the Sackville branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, reported the vandalism to the RCMP about 11 o’clock Saturday morning and a town crew was soon dispatched to paint over it.
Legion President Doreen Richards says she’s disgusted that someone would commit such an act.
“I was pretty upset about it,” she adds. “People should have more respect for anybody’s property, let alone the veterans’.”
Richards, who has served as president of the Sackville legion since 2012, firmly rejects any suggestion that putting military equipment in Memorial Park glorifies war.
“It’s history,” she says. “Our fathers, grandfathers, uncles all fought for us and we should respect that.”
She suggests that the military exhibits in the park are useful for teaching younger people about the sacrifices made in war by previous generations.
Legion supports Cougar donation
Richards says the legion strongly supports displaying an armoured vehicle known as a Cougar in the park.
“We’re kind of excited that it’s coming,” she says, adding that the Cougar was a military service vehicle useful for rescuing people from floods and fires.
In February, town council voted to accept a Cougar as a donation from the 8th Canadian Hussars, a regiment that was closely associated with Sackville from 1848 until 1997.
After an outcry from people opposed to installing the Cougar in Memorial Park, the mayor and councillors agreed to hear presentations on the issue at their next meeting on July 2nd.
Richards says the legion will be making a presentation of its own.
“I’m going to fight to get this put in the park,” she promises. “From what I’ve heard around town and different places, everybody is for it. There’s just a handful of people that don’t want it,” she says.
“I think it’s a great thing.”