A structure dedicated to thousands of lives lost in the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack was defaced on Sept. 11.
Mourning South Carolinians were shocked to find the Greenville 9/11 memorial covered in graffiti. The words “Taliban” were spray painted on a pair of granite slabs, resembling the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.
Monument owner Upstate Granite Solutions suspects the vandalism occurred late at night. The blue paint was quickly removed and gone the following morning.
“Someone vandalized the Twin Towers Memorial last night,” a company representative said on Facebook. “Thankfully the damage was minimal and cleaned off.”
The business, which designs, develops and installs granite countertops, expects the graffiti to have a negligible impact on community spirit.
“[It] takes more than a little spray paint to destroy our spirit of patriotism,” the representative said.
Hundreds of people visited the monument on the 20th anniversary of the nation’s biggest terrorist attack.
“This monument is meant to show the community how much we care and to offer our support to our military and our first responders, and let people know there is still something to believe in America,” CEO Kelly Nichols said according to WYFF4.
The granite blocks were erected three days before being vandalized. The concrete-filled 4,000 pound slabs are 13 feet tall and secured on a 2.5 foot base, according to The Independent.
At night the miniature Twin Towers were lit up and could be seen up to 25 miles away.
Nichols believes the 9/11 anniversary is a time for unity, not division.
“We are not going to change our viewpoint and our stance but I think we need to be willing to hear why other people are hurt about this, so we can come together as a community,” he said according to the broadcaster. “This was not meant to be divisive, this was meant to unify us.”
BL understands the word “Taliban” could refer to the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The Islamist militia group quickly seized control of the presidential palace back in mid-August. A terrorist bombing outside Kabul Airport killed 13 U.S. servicemen on Aug. 27.
Although many Western countries rescued thousands of asylum seekers, many more were left to fend for themselves against potential Taliban retaliation.
Greenville County Sheriff’s Office thanked the community for refusing to yield to vandals.
“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 years ago, as well as those first responders who willingly laid down their lives to serve others,” Nichols said according to The Independent.