The Daily News reports the Vietnam Veterans memorial at Front and Spruce streets has been desecrated one too many times by punk skateboarders. Now it’s time to get all John Rambo on these kids’ asses.
OK, not quite. But a bunch of Vietnam veterans are going to start patrolling the site ala Saigon 1968.
“Terry Williamson, president of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund,” writes the Daily News, “said that skateboarders and in-line skaters have seemingly stepped up their mistreatment of the memorial since the site's $500,000 renovation last fall.”
The veterans may not be armed, they may be aging, but something needs to be said about former warriors returning the call of duty once again, taking the war to a bunch of bratty kids. They'll be shifting as early as next week.
Guards have been installed along the edges to stop skateboarders from grinding the thing, yet many of them have been spotted actually ripping them out. A webcam was installed to keep guard on the memorial, but it’s done nothing. You can actually watch video of the site at www.pvvm.org.
The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund plans on sinking more money – another half-million – into the site, but these damn kids have gotta stop hating America first.
The DN reporter, Dave Gambacorta, has actually referred to these faceless, nameless humans with four plastic wheels as “heartless punks who have made a hobby of vandalizing the hallowed space.”
Damn kids with your music.