Vandalism at Auckland RSA seen as desecration
Vandalism of a war memorial to those killed in action is "completely disrespectful," Auckland's Titirangi RSA members say.
A spray can was used to draw a black line through some names of Titirangi's fallen soldiers who were killed in World War I.
The obelisk outside Titirangi War Memorial Hall in the RSA memorial park holds the names of more than 100 men who died in both World War I and World War II.
A flag pole, nearby seat and wall was also vandalised on the night of March 16.
Titirangi RSA president Matt McMillan is upset about the disrespectful act.
"If this is the sort of people we are breeding than we have no bloody hope," McMillan says.
The area is used for Anzac Day ceremonies.
Rex Baddeley and Jackie McDermott, who are on the RSA's committee, hope relatives of the people remembered here won't see the desecration to the names.
The cost of the clean up will come out of the organisation's budget, they say.
"It is no secret the RSAs are struggling at the moment and the money could have gone towards the community, but instead it will go towards someone's random act," Baddeley says.
"The sad thing is they are probably a local person."
Baddeley says the obelisk memorial is the soldiers' headstones as their bodies never returned to New Zealand.
"These people lost their lives for our freedom. A bit of respect wouldn't go amiss," he says.
"It's desecration really. It's also a disrespect to all RSAs and the entire community and what it represents."
Members are working hard to provide a safe environment for everyone in Titirangi, Baddeley says.
"This is a place people are happy to come to with their families. It's for everyone," he says.
The memorial park houses the Titirangi Library, the community house and the Titirangi RSA's club.
Police have been contacted about the graffiti. It is hoped it will be cleaned up soon.