Sept. 11 memorial set up outside East Palo Alto fire station vandalized


A memorial set up outside an East Palo Alto fire station for the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 was vandalized, firefighters discovered Sunday after returning from an emergency call.

The memorial -- a tradition within the Menlo Park Fire Protection District since the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania -- had been set on fire in front of Station 2 at 2290 University Ave. in East Palo Alto, according to fire officials.

The district provides emergency services to East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County.

The memorial consisted of 343 small flags representing each firefighter who died while in the line of duty on Sept. 11. The flags were being held in a flag tray, which was built and paid for by the firefighters themselves, fire officials said.

"Fortunately it's minor. Given the density of the flags on the pallet it could be much worse, it looks like half a dozen flags were burned with several others damaged," Battalion Chief Ben Marra, a veteran of the response to the World Trade Center in New York, said in a statement.

The East Palo Alto Police Department has been notified about the incident and is currently reviewing video from the scene, according to fire officials.

"I don't get angry easily, but knowing that someone tried to burn not only our flag memorial, but a specific tribute to 343 heroic fallen brothers, some of whom I personally knew, worked with and helped to look for at Ground Zero, and that this occurred here on the actual 15th anniversary date of this event, it's a despicable act of disrespect and cowardice," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.

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Posted by Stretch
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

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It's so demoralizing to realize that there are vandals, half-wits and just mean people everywhere. I'm sorry this happened. Thanks to all the firefighters. It's a shame that the vandals probably can't read!

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Posted by Anti-Americans
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on Sep 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm

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A very cruel, insensitive thing to do! Possibly a sociopath, possibly someone with Anti-American sentiments. Possibly a juvenile delinquent born after 2001

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Posted by @College Terrace
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on Sep 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm

You're going *there*? So a nonviolent act of protest = vandalism?

Maybe in your world. But not in ours.

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Posted by @Midtown
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on Sep 14, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Once again: You're going *there*?

What is it with you right-wing types? Do you people have no understanding of the difference between nonviolent protest and acts of vandalism?

Then again, it's types like you that called what Cliven Bundy did in Nevada a "protest," sooooooooooooo...

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