Veterans memorial defaced again

COOS BAY, Ore. - The public memorial vandalized in the midst of a debate over whether a cross is OK in a city park was defaced again by someone expressing their opinion on the matter.

A KCBY News reporter visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Mingus Park while reporting on an increased cash reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who defaced the memorial in May.

The reporter found that the May 20, 2013, graffiti on the cross that read "REMOVE" and "CUT" was gone. However, someone has affixed a sticker that reads "IN MEMORY OF ALL WHO DIED FOR FREEDOM" to the cross.

Contacted for comment, city officials said they were unaware of the sticker.

Coos Stop Crime is now offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who vandalized the memorial May 20. KCBY News is working to confirm whether the person who put the sticker on the monument would also face criminal charges.

If you have any information about the vandalism, you are asked to call Coos Stop Crime at 541-267-6666 or the Coos Bay Police Department at 541-269-8911.

The cross on the memorial was thrust into controversy when the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Coos Bay City Manager Rodger Craddock a letter in March, telling him the city would be sued if the cross was not removed.

The memorial was donated and placed in the park in 1972 by Western Bank and the Bay Area Jaycees.