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9/11 memorial vandalized in San Clemente

September 12, 2012 | 11:21 am

Poche beachThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the partial destruction of a makeshift 9/11 memorial on a San Clemente beach on the eve of a memorial service for victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

At Poche Beach on Monday night, someone smashed a block retaining wall surrounding the memorial, authorities said.

The memorial is made up of a piece of driftwood topped by an American flag, said sheriff’s department spokeswoman Gail Krause.

She said blocks were also thrown at a solar light fixture and bench at the memorial.

Krause said there was no evidence of a political motive in the vandalism.

“We don’t think it’s necessarily anti-American sentiment,” Krause said.


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Photo: Vandalized 911 memorial at Poche Beach in San Clemente. Credit: Jim Tyson