Veterans Memorial in Estacada has been targeted numerous times in the past six months

The Estacada Veterans Memorial sustained more than $1,000 in damages as a result of vandalism in the past six months, and local citizens are beginning to brainstorm ways to put it to an end.

A town hall meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 21, to discuss solutions such as a security system to record activity.

As recently as three weeks ago, vandals have pulled light fixtures from the walls of the memorial and broken several lights that illuminate the flags at night. In addition, initials were carved into one of the memorial bricks, other bricks were thrown around the site, and trash and drug paraphernalia have been scattered.

These vandals have yet to be identified.

What makes the situation even more desperate is that this is not the first time the memorial has been vandalized.

In October 2010, vandals tossed boulders and mud pies all over the memorial while packing electrical outlets with mud. Once again, the damage was estimated at nearly $1,000.

The memorial broke ground in mid-2008 and has been a work in progress ever since. The plan was to add a statue with bronze plaques at its base and then to formally dedicate the memorial in August of this year.

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