EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – Jean Mack has a lot of questions after a popular trail in Lancaster County was vandalized.
“Why would someone do something like that?” the Elizabethtown resident asked. “What good is it? I mean, I can’t see them having any joy in doing anything like that.”
Ephrata police said the Major Richard Winters Memorial Trail was hit with spray paint sometime Saturday night. The graffiti appears on several spots on the trail and includes grotesque pictures and phrases.
“To have a fine part of our community like that defaced is disheartening,” Ephrata police Lieutenant Chris McKim said.
The trail was dedicated in 2013 to Richard Winters, a World War II hero from Ephrata. Winters became an international celebrity when HBO made a miniseries about his war stories and called it “Band of Brothers.”
Winters is buried in Ephrata and there is a statue of him at the start of the trail.
“They defaced both public and private property,” McKim said. “It’s a total lack of respect for other people’s property and a lack of respect for the town.”
Unless police can track down the person responsible, taxpayers will be forced to pay for the clean up.
Jack Wingenroth, a veteran who lives in Ephrata, said he hopes police can track down the culprits quickly.
“It’s upsetting,” he told ABC 27 News. “I certainly hope the local town can get it corrected.”
Police haven’t given an estimate on the amount of damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ephrata Police Department at (717) 738-9265.