Cenotaph vandals condemned by RSL

MEMBERS of the RSL have expressed their dismay that the War Memorial in Leslie Park has been vandalised for the second time in 18 months.

As reported in Saturday's Daily News, a female juvenile painted a face onto the southern side of the cenotaph on Friday morning.

The graffiti was removed by council workers within hours.

Warwick RSL Sub-branch president Ann Moufarrege called the act “disgusting” and questioned the reasoning behind the offence.

“I just don't know what these young people are thinking anymore,” she said.

“I don't understand what drives them to do these things.

"I don't think they understand the significance (of such a memorial).

“We go all out on Anzac Day to make people understand what it's all about and we have Remembrance Day coming up, but these kids don't understand what our country has been through.”

RSL welfare pensions co-ordinator Les Nielsen said he was saddened such an act had taken place just 18 months after the previous one.

“It's mostly young people and they don't know better,” he said.

“It's up to the community to educate them and it's really not up to us.

"But we're obviously upset it has happened.”

Mr Nielsen said he would support programs for Warwick youth to help “get their minds off other things”.

“We've tried very hard with (Federal Minister for Maranoa) Bruce Scott to get things going for them,” he said.

“At the time the money just wasn't available, which is what it comes down to.

“We've got troubled youth and if you can keep them out of detention centres (that's the better option).”

Mr Nielsen said given the opportunity, he'd tell the offender “the same message I'd say to my daughter”.

“I'd say you're a silly bugger and to wake up to yourself – you're only hurting yourself, not anyone else.”



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