RAW: Vandalized Vietnam War memorial reopens in California

Posted at 7:34 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 19:34:25-04

VENICE, CA (KABC/CNN) - A Vietnam War memorial in California was reopened to the public this Memorial Day. The memorial in Venice was vandalized with graffiti just more than a year ago.

Volunteers later removed the graffiti, but many names were erased in the process. The memorial has since been restored.

Some military vets were happy to see it back in its original shape.

"To see it completed today, and it looks just like it do when it was spanking brand new back in the day, and I'm glad it's been restored. And I'm so proud of my brothers and sisters, you know, I've got to take care of them,” said Charlie Saulenas, a Vietnam Purple Heart veteran.

The memorial includes more than 2,000 names of American POWs and those missing in action (MIA).

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