BOSTON (WHDH) — Police have identified the person they believe is responsible for the vandalism of the 9/11 memorial exhibit at the Boston Public Garden early Thursday morning, Boston police say.
Officers responding to a report of vandalism discovered that flags displayed in honor of those who perished on 9/11 had been toppled overnight in the public garden.
Residents walking through the park early Thursday morning were shocked to find that more than 100 of the 2,997 miniature American flags planted in the garden had been damaged.
The tribute is installed in the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial dedicated to the 206 Bay State-related victims.
Ashton Fagan, who was passing by and saw the damage, stopped to repair the flags when 7NEWS arrived on the scene.
“It’s a massive disrespect to this country and the people who gave their lives, so I’m going to replant every single one of them until the end of the day if that’s what it takes,” he said. she declared. “I think that’s completely wrong. We have to come together and be a strong country.
All flags have since been replaced by volunteers.
“There are all these volunteers who have just stopped to support, and they are doing it on their own in response to something that has upset them. I think that’s what makes our city, our state, our country great, it’s the people who respond to hate with hope,” said Carolyn Casey, Founder and Executive Director of Project 351.
The suspect was located using surveillance video, Boston police said. They will be summoned to court to face charges.
The memorial will be displayed until September 12.
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