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Monuments vandalized at Rock Creek Veterans Park in Gainesville
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Gainesville's Rock Creek Veterans Park. - photo by Scott Rogers

Gainesville police are investigating vandalism of two monuments at Rock Creek Veterans Park near downtown Gainesville.

Gainesville Parks and Recreation staff discovered graffiti Tuesday, May 11, at the park at 223 Northside Drive

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Parks staff found graffiti May 11, 2021, on monuments at Rock Creek Veterans Park in Gainesville. Photo courtesy Gainesville Parks & Recreation.

Photos taken by parks staff show orange spray-painted markings on concrete in front a monument honoring veterans from 20th century wars.

Vandals also struck a monument honoring Vietnam veterans, with orange spray paint on the inscription “All gave some, some gave all.”

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Parks staff found graffiti May 11, 2021, on monuments at Rock Creek Veterans Park in Gainesville. Photo courtesy Gainesville Parks & Recreation.

“As of this morning, all graffiti has been cleaned up,” Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Julie Butler Colombini said Wednesday, May 12.

Gainesville Police Lt. Kevin Holbrook said investigators are “following up on some leads” related to the incident.

“At this time, we don’t have anything that would lead us to believe it to be gang-related,” he said.

As the school year ends, “typically, we see this type of crime and mischief begin to occur,” Holbrook said.

The park is a solemn area containing several war memorials, pathways, benches and an amphitheater. It also serves as the gateway to the Rock Creek Greenway linking parks from downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier.

Veteran ceremonies are also held there, including a Veterans Day one held in 2020 featuring former Gov. Nathan Deal as the speaker.

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