RSL head condemns ANZAC memorial vandal | Lithgow Mercury

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A memorial stone commemorating ANZAC soldiers has been vandalized hours after a morning shift in their honor. The inscription “Lest We Forget” on the stone outside Club Ryde in Sydney’s northwest was damaged to obscure the first word. NSW Police appealed to public assistance on Friday and shared a photo of the damaged stone, which they believe was vandalized sometime between 7am on Monday and 9:50am on Tuesday. The memorial had previously held a dawn service on Monday to mark ANZAC Day. RSL NSW president Ray James condemned the vandalism. He said nothing is more precious to the veteran community than memorials honoring those who gave their lives abroad. “Not only have they disrespected a memorial, they have shamelessly respected every ANZAC and every person who has ever served in the Australian Defense Force, and the families who have never been able to bury a loved one,” James said. “The disrespect they have shown on ANZAC Day is really unbelievable.” The case is now under investigation by the police. James said the incident is a reminder of the importance of ensuring Australians remember the service and sacrifice of those in the armed forces. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area is encouraged to contact Ryde Police or Crime Stoppers. Australian Associated Press

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