In a recent act of vandalism, a war memorial at Queen’s Park in Toronto was defaced with the word “Palestine.” This despicable act took place less than a month before Remembrance Day, disrespecting the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country during wartime.
Regardless of one’s stance on the Israel/Gaza conflict, a war memorial is a sacred symbol that should not be defaced or altered in any way. These memorials represent the brave men and women who fought and died to protect our democracy. It is a sign of utmost disrespect to tarnish their memory.
The motivation behind this act remains unclear. If the intention was to garner support for Hamas, it has backfired. Only a barbarian would applaud such vandalism, especially considering the unspeakable carnage inflicted by Hamas on Israel on October 7th.
Shockingly, the graffiti remained on the memorial for a full 24 hours without any effort from city or provincial authorities to clean it up. It wasn’t until a Canadian soldier in plain clothes arrived and started scrubbing the graffiti away that any action was taken. However, even after hours, the word “Palestine” still marred the memorial, highlighting the apathy towards this act of disrespect.
The mainstream media’s silence on this matter is equally concerning. While they were quick to demonize freedom convoy patriots in Ottawa for draping a Canadian flag over the Terry Fox statue, they have been silent on this blatant act of vandalism. It seems that in the eyes of the media, certain forms of “desecration” are more acceptable than others, depending on their perceived narrative.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, known for his love of cherry cheesecake, has also remained quiet on the incident. This is unsurprising, considering his previous actions of boarding up the Sir John A. Macdonald statue on the south lawn of Queen’s Park. By doing so, he hoped to prevent members of Black Lives Matter and Antifa from attempting to tear it down. This display of weakness and appeasement is truly pathetic.
It is crucial to remember and honor the sacrifices made by our veterans. Vandalizing a war memorial is a direct affront to their memory and to the values for which they fought. It is the responsibility of all citizens and authorities to condemn such acts of disrespect and ensure that these memorials remain sacred symbols of remembrance.