|R.J. Butt, Director Outreach of the Royal Canadian Legion, stands beside a broken Inukshuk outside Legion House in Ottawa Thursday, June 28, 2012. The Inukshuk was knocked over and damaged over night Wednesday. (QMI AGENCY/Tony Caldwell)
OTTAWA — A stone sculpture dedicated to fallen soldiers has been vandalized outside the Royal Canadian Legion headquarters in the nation’s capital.
The sculpture, an Inukshuk, was discovered topped over by Legion Dominion Command spokesman Bob Butt when he arrived at headquarters on Thursday morning.
The Inukshuk had been donated to the legion in September, from the Stittsville-area family of Marc Leger, a soldier who was killed in the so-called “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan in 2002.
Claire and Richard Leger, who built the sculpture, had it displayed on their lawn before it was added to the memorial garden honouring soldiers killed in Afghanistan outside the legion.
“It’s not often you see a monument to the fallen desecrated,” Butt said, adding he has never seen anything similar to that extent there.
“The plaques make it very clear what it was there for.”
The structure was cemented in place and weighed several hundred pounds, Butt said, making it difficult to push over.
Legion officials reported the vandalism to police and plan to have the tribute repaired Thursday afternoon.
A granite plaque that was scratched when the stones fell on top of it will likely have to be replaced, Butt said.