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$2,000 reward offered in Albany war monuments vandalism

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This World War II monument was found vandalized Saturday. This World War II monument was found vandalized Saturday.
The World War II memorial on Memorial Day. The World War II memorial on Memorial Day.
A veteran pauses to reflect at one of the monuments downtown on Memorial Day. A veteran pauses to reflect at one of the monuments downtown on Memorial Day.
The Vietnam Veterans memorial on Memorial Day. The Vietnam Veterans memorial on Memorial Day.
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Veterans are outraged that over the weekend someone vandalized downtown war monuments this weekend.

Now one county official is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

Lots of people are upset over the cruel act and they want to help bring the offenders to justice. 

While most people are enjoying Memorial Day, James Graham is spending his day cleaning the monuments at Veterans Park.

"To me it's a lot deeper than that. It's about brotherhood and sisterhood. Like they can't be here and get on the lake," said James Graham.

The World War II and Vietnam veterans' monuments inside Veterans Park in downtown Albany were found spray painted black Saturday afternoon crossing out the names of those who have served as well as the American flags chiseled into the stone.

James Graham, an Iraq war veteran is doing what he can to pay respect to those who have died for his freedom.

"Until you sit there and defend your country and you're holding your buddy while he's dying or watching your friend die, you ain't nothing to me," said Graham.

Dougherty County Commissioner Jeff Sinyard wants whoever responsible to be caught and prosecuted.

"A minimum of one year looking after Veterans Park. Trimming and digging bushes alongside the river.Being in the hot sun picking up litter over downtown Albany. Have an orange suit that says "I defaced the United States of America, I defaced folks before Memorial Day," said Sinyard.

Sinyard is offering a $2,000 reward leading to an arrest.

"Any amount of police work or investigation, even a reward. All those things working together to bring these folks before a judge and let the judge have a way that have committed this crime, it can make a difference," said Jeff Sinyard.

And small crowd gathered at the monuments this afternoon in disbelief over what took place before one of the most important days in the country.

"Don't sit there and degrade what people have done and died and bleed. People lose brothers, sisters and fathers. C'mon is just ridiculous," said Graham.

Supporters say they're not going to let the vandals tarnish the reason to celebrate their freedom.

We've contacted Albany Police Department and they're currently still investigating the incident.

Judy Bowles with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and Commissioner B.J. Fletcher spent time downtown working to remove the paint over the weekend, but the monuments were not completely restored.

This is the second time the monuments have been defaced in two years.

In 2012, they were found smeared with a thick substance. No arrests were ever made in 2012 related to that vandalism.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeSTOPPERS AT 436-TIPS.

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