A war memorial defaced with spray paint is shown in Montreal in this Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Berj Merdjanian

Montreal war monument vandalized on Remembrance Day

“It’s an insult to the army, and to soldiers that died for us.”: Residents angry after war monument vandalized

A Montreal man said he and other residents were shocked and saddened after a war memorial was defaced with graffiti on Remembrance Day.

Berj Merdjanian says he saw the lettering early Saturday morning when he went to work at his photo studio in the city’s Saint-Laurent borough.

What he saw was spray-painted profanity and antiwar messages in red lettering across the white cenotaph, hours before ceremonies were set to begin around the city at 11 a.m.

“It’s an insult to the army, and to soldiers that died for us, and even now I feel emotional because every time I see it I get goosebumps,” he said in a phone interview.

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Merdjanian says city workers arrived quickly to remove the messages, but not before they were seen by several citizens who had arrived early to pay their respects.

He said several of them became emotional when they saw the vandalism, including a family with three children who quickly left the park.

He says he understands some people may feel they have a message to deliver, but they should have chosen a different time and place.

“They should say something (openly) or go to City Hall, but not this,” he said. “And the worst is they did it in the colour of blood, that’s not right.”

Merdjanian sent photos of the vandalism to Montreal police, who confirmed on Sunday that they are investigating.

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Montreal police spokesperson said that so far no witnesses have come forward and it doesn’t appear the incident was caught on video.

Police are expected to interview residents and check local surveillance footage in the coming days.

A statue of former prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald was also vandalized. Images showed the statue covered in what appeared to be red paint with profanity painted at the base of the monument.

The Canadian Press

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A war memorial defaced with spray paint is shown in Montreal in this Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Berj Merdjanian

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