The Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis was vandalized overnight, officials said Sunday, Jan. 5—with spray-painted graffiti staining its majestic façade in multiple places and reading, “No war.”
The Missouri Historical Society said the vandalism had happened overnight. The incident was reported to the police.
“We are saddened that anyone would deface a memorial to those who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country,” said Leigh Walters, the organization’s director of marketing and communications, in a statement.
The memorial opened in 1938 and was built in memory of soldiers from the First World War. After a two-year renovation of $30 million that significantly expanded the display room of the museum, the structure reopened in 2018.