Monument Honoring Puerto Rican Army Members Vandalized

Soldiers of 613th Military Police Company, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve - Puerto Rico, pose for a unit picture at the Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group, here, April 25, 2014. The 613th MP Company was the first Puerto Rican company comprised entirely of internment/resettlement specialists to complete a detainee-operation mission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Tulara M Mccauley/U.S. Army)
Soldiers of 613th Military Police Company, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve - Puerto Rico, pose for a unit picture at the Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group, here, April 25, 2014. The 613th MP Company was the first Puerto Rican company comprised entirely of internment/resettlement specialists to complete a detainee-operation mission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Tulara M Mccauley/U.S. Army)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A monument in New Britain that honors Puerto Rican members of the U.S. Army has been vandalized.

The New Britain Herald reports that vandals spray painted the monument and removed a medallion.

The monument across from the New Britain Fire Department headquarters honors the 65th Regiment of the U.S. Army. The unit from Puerto Rico was renamed in 1920 as the Borinqueneers, adopting the name the indigenous people had for the Caribbean island before Spanish colonizers arrived.

Mayor Erin Stewart said on Twitter she was beside herself over the disrespect shown for veterans who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

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