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Monument vandals still haven't been caught

Nick Nicholson, Post 30 Finance Officer Nick Nicholson, Post 30 Finance Officer

Albany area veterans are still upset over memorials vandalized over Memorial Day weekend in downtown Albany.      

With another patriotic day, Flag Day, coming up Saturday, they don't want you to forget  those vandals still haven't been caught. The markings are still visible on the three monuments that were vandalized in Veterans Park. American Legion officials are now working on a new effort to get rid of those stains.

Post 30 Finance Officer, Nick Nicholson, says Albany Police did find a can of black spray paint used in the vandalism near the monuments, but no suspects have been arrested.  The Veterans Coalition is working to add to a $2,000 reward offered by Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. The city used an anti-graffiti paint and pressure washed the monuments, but the stains are still visible.  

"I'm going to get this stuff from this chemical company, this gentlemen up in North Georgia is going to tell me about and take it down there to see if I can get the rest of that off," said Nick Nicholson, Post 30 Finance Officer. " He said there's chemicals that will take that stuff off, but I don't know until we try." 

Nicholson says the markings on James Worthy's monument will be harder to remove because it's made out of marble. The vandalism will also be featured in a monument magazine written by a company out of North Georgia.  

They're hoping it doesn't happen to the Korean War Monument they're currently working on and hope to dedicate on Veterans Day this November.  If you have any information on the vandalism, you are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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