Police seek information about Veterans Plaza vandalism

University Police are seeking information about the identity of the person or people involved in the defacing of the Penn State Veterans Plaza. Black tread marks, likely left by a bicycle, were discovered Monday, Sept. 24, and covered significant portions of the monument’s stone panels. The plaza is a gift of the Penn State class of 2011 and was dedicated on Sept. 14 in honor of all of the University’s veterans.

“We are appalled and deeply disappointed by this act of vandalism at a monument to our nation’s bravest,” said Chief of Police Tyrone Parham. “We ask that members of the community who may have information about this crime please contact University Police.”

Members of the student veterans organization, veterans fraternity and other volunteers arrived with scrub brushes and buckets of water to clean the tread marks from the memorial shortly after the vandalism was reported on the University’s Facebook page on Monday afternoon. Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant is investigating options for the removal of the remaining marks.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact University Police at 814-863-1111 or report it anonymously through the University Police Silent Witness website at http://www.police.psu.edu/witness.

Last Updated September 25, 2012