Put-In-Bay's Perry Memorial Vandalized

PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO - It's the first thing you see on the way to Put-In-Bay, Perry's Victory Memorial. Now there's a reward for information leading to those who damaged it. 

Last weekend the memorial was vandalized. The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation says someone scaled a construction fence and broke in. 

"Inside in the floor is a tomb, where the remains of three sailors who died in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 are memoralized," said David Zavagno, president of the The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation. "They dug up the area, did some damage, did some stone damage." 

The memorial was undergoing renovation ahead of the Summer season. 

"This reprehensible act of vandalism at this sacred memorial tomb and national monument sickens all Americans who stand to this day as one voice in defense of our country,” said Zavagno. 

Special Agents with the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch and U.S. Park Rangers are investigating the case. $2,500 is being offered for any information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism. 

If you have information that could help investigators, please contact 1-888-653-0009. 

(Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/Getty Images) 

UNITED STATES - 1994/01/01: USA, Ohio, Lake Erie, South Bass Island, Put-in-bay, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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