The monument was spray-painted with the words ‘Ye broke faith with us’
Update: This story was updated at 12:09 PM on Friday, Nov. 15.
A Toronto man is facing two mischief-related charges after the cenotaph at Old City Hall was vandalized with words referencing the poem “In Flanders Fields” one day after Remembrance Day.
Police say they arrested 33-year-old Thomas Christian Zaugg of Toronto today for one count of mischief under $5,000 and another for interference of property in connection to the incident. He appeared in court this morning.
At 7 a.m. on Tuesday, police were notified of the graffiti that said, “Ye broke faith” and “with us” on each side of the monument. City officials were able to power wash the monument and remove the spray paint hours later.
Crews are on scene at Old City Hall, removing graffiti that someone shamefully hit the Cenotaph with earlier today or last night. Police are investigating this mindless act of vandalism. pic.twitter.com/egHvHkK0Zh— Brad Ross (@bradrossTO) November 12, 2019
The words seem to reference a line in the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
On Monday, hundreds of people were in attendance at the site on Bay and Queen streets for Toronto’s Remembrance Day ceremony, which included the laying of the wreath.
This story was originally posted on Nov. 12, 2019.