North Brunswick 9/11 memorial defaced

Monday morning, North Brunswick awoke to the word “hoax” spray-painted on its 9/11 memorial. The steel beam that makes up the simple monument came from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

LouAnn Benson, North Brunswick’s director of parks and recreation, traveled to New York to pick up that piece of steel.

She said she was having trouble processing the vandalism.

“It was just more or less disbelief for me that somebody could do this to this site,” said Benson, also a member of its September 11 Committee. “It’s just totally disrespectful to all Americans involved with this incident.” Surrounding the memorial statue are stones etched with the names of everyone who died in the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

The paint was quickly cleaned on Monday. Police are investigating.

A September eleventh memorial in North Brunswick, New Jersey was defaced early this week.

 

WHYY’s Jen Howard reports.

 

Monday morning, North Brunswick awoke to the word ‘hoax’ spray-painted on its 9/11 memorial.

 

LouAnn Benson is the town’s director of parks and recreation, and also a member of its September 11th committee.

 

She personally traveled to New York to pick up the steel beam that makes up the simple monument.

 

BENSON: 4:32 It was just more a less disbelief for me that somebody could do this to this site and it’s just totally disrespectful, actually, to all Americans involved with this incident.

 

Surrounding the memorial statue are bricks etched with the names of everyone who died in the attacks.

 

The paint was quickly cleaned on Monday.

 

Police are investigating the incident.

 

I’m Jen Howard, WHYY News.

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