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Crews remove vandalism at WWI Museum and Memorial

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 12:35:28-05

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. | The graffiti and vandalism at the World War I Museum and Memorial from overnight has been cleaned up.

The museum tweeted late Tuesday morning that a restoration crew has arrived and is working to remove the graffiti.

EARLIER | The WWI Museum and Memorial was vandalized overnight.

The memorial, which is a polling location, was defaced with spray painted writing which said “don’t vote” and “fight for revolution.”

Museum President and CEO Matthew Naylor said both sides of the entrance were vandalized by two people around 3:45 a.m.

“Our democracy is something that generations of veterans, including those in WWI, have fought to defend. We hope you’ll vote today & make your voice heard,” the museum tweeted Tuesday morning.

It also said it condemns the “attempt at voter intimidation.”

Naylor, who said he is heartbroken by the act, called the vandalism an "outrageous act of violence” not only to the memorial, but to veterans and the people of Kansas City.

KCPD was on the scene Tuesday morning to investigate.

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted his reaction to the vandalism later Tuesday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.