The memorial to the victims and first responders of 9/11 was defaced on the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks
Upstate Granite Solutions, a company which designs, builds and installs granite countertops, owns the monument which was defaced late on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the 9月 11 攻撃.
The base of the monument had the word “Taliban” spray-painted in two locations.
On Sunday the company posted photos of the damage on Facebook, writing that it “takes more than a little spray paint to destroy our spirit of patriotism”. The company said the “damage was minimal” and that it has since been cleaned off.
CEO Paul Nichols said the company began working on the memorial a month ago so that it would be ready for the 20th anniversary. He said the towers – a pair of 4,000lb granite slabs filled with concrete that are 13 feet tall on a 2.5ft base – were completed on Wednesday.
Mr Nichols said the memorial has attracted hundreds of people since being finished, particularly at night when the monument is lit up and can be seen from 25 マイル離れた.
“Apparently during the night on Saturday night, someone came through and spray painted the base of the monument and one of the towers with spray paint,” 彼は言った.
“I received a message from a community member saying that the monument had been vandalized.”
The CEO said that he was out of town when he learned of the vandalism but his employees alerted the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and filed a report.
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“After they completed their report we were able to get the spray paint removed with chemical cleaners,” Mr Nichols said.
He said the company received an outpouring of support from the community after the photos of the vandalism were shared online.
“We spent the time and money on this monument in order to bring our community together and unite over the memory of those who died in the attacks 20 数年前, as well as those first responders who willingly laid down their lives to serve others,” 彼は言った.
The company also flies South Carolina’s largest American flag over its headquarters in Greenville.