Park Service: Vietnam memorial defaced with red crayon or lipstick

WASHINGTON — Someone defaced the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with a waxy, red material that may be crayon or lipstick, the National Park Service said Thursday.

The markings, which were centered on one name etched in the east side of the nearly 247-foot-long wall, was discovered about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.

This before-and-after image released by the National Park Services shows the defacement of a name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Courtesy National Park Service)

The markings were removed by an architectural conservator using water and a mild detergent, the park service said.

The park service said the U.S. Park Police are still investigating the vandalism but that it does not appear to be connected with an incident earlier this week in which vandals sprayed the Lincoln Memorial with red spray paint.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on Twitter and Instagram to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2022 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up