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Veterans Sites in Virginia, California, and Kentucky Vandalized

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were vandalized as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said.

The National Park Service says the Petersburg National Battlefield has apparently has been looted.
    
Jeffrey Olson, and agency spokesman, said in a news release Friday that numerous excavations were found at the Civil War battlefield last week. Olson said by phone that because of the ongoing investigation, he could not say how many excavations were found, or whether the excavations were done by hand or machine.
    
He says thieves were probably looking for relics. The incident is under investigation.
    
Petersburg National Battlefield is a 2,700-acre park marks where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg 151 years ago.

A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has also been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.

News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was reported damaged in Henderson, Kentucky.  Police say a Memorial Day cross display there that honors the names of 5,000 veterans of conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War has been vandalized by a driver who plowed through the crosses early Saturday.

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