Early Thursday morning Cranbrook RCMP were notified that someone defaced the cities Cenotaph mere hours before the Remembrance Day ceremony was set to take place.
Spray-painted across the memorial were the words “the real heroes are the vaccinated.”
Police, firefighters, and city workers worked diligently to remove the graffiti, and successfully did so before the ceremony and parade took place at 10:15 a.m.
“As a community, we are beyond disappointed by the disrespectful actions of those responsible for defacing such an important monument on such an important day for all Canadians,” said the City of Cranbrook in a statement.
“This act does not speak to the character and values of our citizens and our community.”
Police are investigating the incident.
Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard