Despicable vandals smash up war memorial for the FIFTH time in just nine days and use ripped-up crosses as weapons
- Adelaide’s Field of Remembrance was vandalised five times in just nine days
- Crosses bearing names of fallen soldiers were smashed into pieces
- Some vandals ripped up crosses and used them as weapons to fight each other
Callous vandals have torn apart a war memorial for the fifth time in nine days, with some even using the crosses that bear the names of fallen soldiers as weapons.
The Field of Remembrance in Adelaide is set up every year ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11 to honour the South Australians killed in action during the World Wars and conflicts in Afghanistan.
Thousands of crosses with poppies attached to them are planted near the National War Memorial in North Terrance for visitors to come and pay their respects.
But on Tuesday dozens of these crosses were ripped from the ground, smashed into pieces and stolen by heartless thugs.
Dozens of crosses bearing the names of fallen soldiers were ripped from the ground and broken at Adelaide’s Field of Remembrance
Having only been up for less than a fortnight, the RSL’s commemorations manager Keith Harrison said the countless acts of vandalism were devastating.
‘When I saw it this morning, I don’t know, I just lost it. All these crosses were pushed over and broken. Why do we bother,’ he told The Advertiser.
‘I’m just really disappointed and angry.’
Mr Harrison said the field had been vandalised multiple times over the years before but this was the worst he’d ever seen.
He said several men and women had taken the crosses out and used them to fight each other.
Dismantled crosses are seen lying on the ground after vandals tore up the memorial
Each yeah the crosses are planted by school children and war veterans and are laid out joined together in racks of ten
Police had come to break up the scene but Mr Harrison said the ‘troublemakers’ returned soon after.
Each year the crosses are planted by school children and war veterans and are laid out joined together in racks of ten.
Each has a poppy and a name of a soldier attached to it. Larger crosses are also placed to honour battalions and regiments.
SA Police said they are investigating the vandalism.
Remembrance Day is celebrated every year on November 11 to commemorate the end of World War I and all those who fought and died in action.
Thousands of crosses are planted each year ahead of Remembrance Day to honour South Australians killed in action
School children are seen setting up the row of crosses in the Field of Remembrance