Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

News Release: Oily Substance Found On Vietnam Veterans Memorial

12 September 2007

On Friday, September 7, National Park Service staff and volunteers discovered a light, oily and unidentified substance that was spilled over portions of some of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s panels and paving stones, with National Park Service (NPS) preservation and maintenance staff beginning the removal process immediately.

The United States Park Police has begun an investigation into the matter, and that investigation is ongoing. Until this investigation is completed, it is premature to speculate whether any intentional act was committed.

The NPS’ preservation and maintenance staff continues to work to remove the substance and believes it will be possible to remove the substance entirely.

For nearly 25 years, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and NPS have worked together on the maintenance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. “The care and security of this national treasure remain a top priority to both the Memorial Fund and the National Park Service,” said the Memorial Fund Founder and President Jan C. Scruggs.

“While it is unclear what transpired, we are heartened by the response of the veterans’ community and the general public. After 25 years, their connection to The Wall remains as strong as ever, and we appreciate that,” Scruggs added.

As more information becomes available, the Memorial Fund and NPS will keep the news media and the general public aware.
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