GLOUCESTER (AP) -- Gloucester police are investigating vandalism to the city’s second most famous statue.
The sword on the city’s 3,500-pound bronze of statue of Joan of Arc sitting atop a horse was bent back at an almost 90-degree angle.
The Gloucester Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1mTDsx6 ) reports that the vandalism was reported Sunday although when it occurred remains under investigation.
The statue completed in 1921 and facing the city’s America Legion post is a memorial to Gloucester men who fought in France in World War I. The base consists of eight stones from around France.
Post commander Mark Nestor called the vandalism to a war memorial so close to July Fourth a "desecration."
The good news is that insurance will likely foot the repair.
Gloucester is also home to the Fishermen’s Memorial statue.
Information from: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, http://www.gloucestertimes.com