This is the Civil War Monument found in Keene NH's Central Square. It's an infantryman, cast in bronze, honoring the men of Keene who fought in the Civil War. More on the history of the monument can be found here.
No matter how one feels about war, this is a memorial to the dead. It is a work of art. And it is in a public park.
That's why it is distressing to see this:
The Free Keeners have defaced the monument, and not for the first time. If you look behind the current graffiti, you can see a faint peace sign underneath that won't wash off. Just before Memorial Day, too.
In 2009, Ian "Freeload" Bernard proudly boasted on the FK website that "heroic activists" had defaced the statue.
Some heroes. Right up there with Rosa Parks.
These heroic activists are not employed. They do not pay taxes. Taxpayers pay for the upkeep of the pubic parks that these heroes vandalize on a regular basis.
The self-proclaimed heroic activists seem to be under the impression that sidewalk chalking is a daring form of civil disobedience, as opposed to a nuisance and an eyesore. Chalk easily washes off sidewalks.
Vandalizing a memorial is something else entirely.
Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were heroic activists.
The FKers are stuck in perpetual delayed adolescence, spending their days engaging in bullying meter readers and defacing public property.
Heroes? Not so you'd notice.