Old City Hall cenotaph vandalized with graffiti overnight, hours after Remembrance Day service

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Old City Hall cenotaph vandalized with graffiti overnight, hours after Remembrance Day service


The historic cenotaph at Old City Hall has been vandalized with spray paint, hours after it was the site of Remembrance Day ceremonies in downtown Toronto.

Pictures posted to social media show the the words “Ye broke faith” written in blue capital letters capital letters across the lower third of the monument, behind the wreath that had been placed at the base for Monday’s service.

The words appear to reference a line from John McCrae’s 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields,” written during the First World War. The poem’s last lines read:

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Toronto police reported the memorial had been vandalized with spray paint in a tweet Tuesday morning.

Police received reports of the incident at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and are investigating. No suspects have been identified.

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David Venn

David Venn is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @davidvenn_





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