Unofficial 9/11 Memorial Vandalized

The iconic driftwood monument rescued by locals south of Poche Beach was defaced the night before Sept. 11.

Capo Beach locals saw a disappointing site Tuesday when they came to host a Sept. 11 memorial at the iconic U.S. flag affixed to driftwood on Poche Beach.

Vandals had smashed a recently installed spotlight – which illuminates the flag at night – and kicked down the paver retaining wall around the base of the wood.

"It was all donated. They just put the light up a couple months ago," said Rick Vanderhaar, who was on the beach Tuesday morning.

The flag has been a fixture for years, after an anonymous person attached it to the partially submerged driftwood following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Others have replaced the flag over the years.

Over the past year, however, currents and erosion threatened to send the driftwood out to sea,

Police are investigating the incident, Vanderhaar said.

Brandt Hardin September 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Well over a year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe? What difference did it make killing Bin Laden and Hussein if nothing has changed? You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html
Michele Benjamin September 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Too bad there isn't a camera...vandals are losers...karma is alive and well my friend
PK September 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Why did it have to have a spotlight on it? If they would have just left it as it was, this would not have happened.
Tom Marantz September 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
PK, its a custom. To properly fly a US Flag, it must be lit at night.
Tom Marantz September 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Flag Code: You are only permitted to display your flag at night if it is properly illuminated. This means that you must have a light dedicated to "spotlighting" your flag. http://www.united-states-flag.com/flying-flag.html
jeff s September 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The flag light is probably shining in on someone trying to sleep and they got fed up. Either that or an evil Muslim Obama voting fiend did this... You choose, I don't care.
Lon Uso September 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
1000 new laws passed by our "nanny state" Democrat legislature, signed into law by our Democrat governor. Who feels safer?
Patricia Gatacre September 13, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The time for humor and/or satire has passed. We must not laugh to keep from crying or from committing acts of violence to relieve frustration when our American values are repeatedly ignored by those who SHOULD care. In the absence of police protection from officials who are either unable or unwilling to serve the needs of San Clemente's homeowners and voters, WE should be vigilant about watching out for one another...them, their children, their property, their urgent concerns. I'm in search of America...what about you? onon
jeff s September 14, 2012 at 04:05 AM
America is run by two parties who serve one master. Sorry your America died when they/we assassinated JFK. Say hello to Prozac nation, New world order, endless war, and 1 in 10 autistic by 2050... Goodnight, you did it to yourselves... Foolish libs and thoughtless drones...
Patricia Gatacre September 14, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Hey, hey, hey, HEY! No one REALLY knows what happened to JFK, despite a plethora of speculation, leaving us/them with a conclusion of you can believe what you want. Prozac is for patients who WANT to get better; ours is the Obliterata Nation -- give me something that will chemically blot out all unpleasant information and memories thereof.New World Order? Any relation to Aryan Nations ideology? Libs are far from foolish...dangerous certainly (and I am NOT one). As for the drones, they are thoughtless by design...would we wish it otherwise. The projected increase of autism by 2050, adopt a positive attitude: we might all be dead by then. G'day!


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