Veterans memorial vandalized in Harrison’s Ma Riis Park

Members of the Harrison community say they are feeling disrespect and disappointment after a veteran's honor roll monument was vandalized over the weekend.

News 12 Staff

Apr 25, 2022, 2:13 AM

Updated 818 days ago

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Members of the Harrison community say they are feeling disrespect and disappointment after a veteran's honor roll monument was vandalized over the weekend.
The monument sits in Ma Riis Park in the town.
“I’m very disturbed by this. I don’t see why they’d come over here and mess with this,” says Fred Cifichiello, Jr.
Cifichiello served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. His name is on the monument, as is the name of his father, a World War II veteran.
“I feel that this is sacred ground. These men, women, nurses, gave their time, their lives, to serve the country. Whoever did this, this is a very cheap shot,” Cifichiello says.
The vandalism likely happened overnight Saturday. Someone using black paint painted sprayed three Xs and other markings all over the monument.
The monument is a source of pride for Harrison residents whose family members served in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Afghanistan.
Cathy Labrusciano’s father, uncle and cousins all have names on the monument.
“This hurts. It really hits close to home. I cried when I called the mayor this morning. I cried. I could not imagine that somebody would stoop so low and do something so disgraceful and disgusting,” she says.
There are now efforts underway to hire a company to remove the paint without damaging the names inscribed on the Honor Roll.
Police are investigating.


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