Lincoln Memorial Vandalism Is a Disgusting Attack on America

Lincoln MemorialThe Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was vandalized in the wee hours of Friday morning. Splashes of green paint were discovered all over the legs of the giant statue of our 16th president. Is nothing sacred anymore?

We aren't talking about some chalk on a sidewalk or even graffiti on a railroad car, here, folks. We're talking about a symbol of America!

Warning: I'm about to sound a good 60 years older than I actually am. Next thing you know, I'll be stocking my grocery cart with blue hair rinse and prunes.

But what happened to respect?

Respect for things that don't belong to you. Respect for the hard work of people who maintain memorials like the monument that overlooks the National Mall. Respect, gosh darnit, for America?!

The Lincoln Memorial is a tourist attraction, maintained by the National Park Service, but open to all, free of charge. It's a place where we can go to marvel at the artwork of the sculptor (his name was Daniel French, in case you're wondering) of this majestic structure and reflect on the forward-thinking of a man raised in a tiny one-room log cabin who rose to the highest office in the land. It's a place the Park Service says is symbolic of our nation and of our ideals -- that all men are created equal.

When I last stood there, I was a teenager. I was on my senior class trip, spending time doing teenage things with more than a dozen of my classmates. Still, I was awed. Still, I was moved to quiet reflection.

The Lincoln Memorial is so vast, its meaning so powerful, that its hold was impossible to deny, even as a teenager with fun on the brain.

That a person (or people) could stand in the face of something so powerful and be intent on destruction is puzzling to me. But more than that, it's sad.

It's sad that someone could not feel the overwhelming sense of good fortune we have as Americans.

The monument is being cleaned, the vandals sought. They will likely be called to pay for their crimes, but there's no way to make them feel what it is they should feel when standing there.

Check out the clean-up efforts and some of the paint damage:


Have you visited the Lincoln Memorial? What was it that you felt standing there?


Image via PetCoffr/Flickr

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Liz132 Liz132

It's sad someone would deface a beautiful monument, especially one that is such a powerful symbol of America.

nonmember avatar LariatLady

It's sad to say that respect has gone the way of common sense. =,(

Nelli... NellieAthome

Ms Sager said " I'm about to sound a good 60 years older than I actually am. Next thing you know, I'll be stocking my grocery cart with blue hair rinse and prunes.

But what happened to respect?"

Gee Ms Sager, you make a stereotypical  and mocking statement about older people and then in the next sentence ask what happened to respect....  I think you have your answer in your own actions when you disrespect living people while deploring lack of respect to an inanimate object.

Diane Dike

It is really sad to hear that this younger generation does not have respect for anything, I blame the government for putting their noses in the schools which had God and punishment, my parents also punished me but I still have respect for the forefathers and I loved going to see the monuments. Hope they catch those idiots and put them to work and clean not just the monuments but all of the areas that have been trashed

nonmember avatar Kristin Round

You hit the nail on the head. no respect for others or themselves. back to spanking our kids i say to instill disipline .

Itsju... Itsjustmejen

I would think/hope they have cameras all over that place to help identify the criminals who did this. 

Pamela M. Smith

I think you expressed it quite well ! I have been to this monument with my husband and children and other family members and we have wonderful pictures of it and when we were there we were quite in awe of how wonderful it is! I am quite proud to be an American and cannot see how anyone could be so disrespectful.  It's very sad. I do hope the people responsible get caught.

Bonzai Temaluca

There is no respect anymore. Kids get away with everything these days. They think gangsters are cool and then we have this whole Trayvon Martin thing where the kid was a thug and was killed in self defense and everyone comes to his side. We praise the wrong people and kids act out. We have television shows who glorify graffiti. We have parents who refuse to teach their kids right from wrong because it's not politically correct. We give excuses because someone is young, old, abused, red, white, black, yellow, poor, rich, adhd, etc. Instead of giving punishment we tell them to pop a pill.

Regina Mixon

I hope they find the ones responsible. I have family pictures there back in the 70's. We need to teach your children to respect everyone and others property.


bills... billsfan1104

People have no respect at all. In fact there is a picture showing people dipping their feet in the WW2 memorial waters.

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