Veteran angered by vandalised Dunedin Anzac memorial

  • 20/04/2016
The white crosses and flag in the memorial (Supplied)
The white crosses and flag in the memorial (Supplied)

A Dunedin war veteran says he wants to wrap his walker around the necks of those who vandalised an ANZAC memorial at his rest home.

Nine white crosses and a national flag were stolen from the memorial from the Radius Fulton Care Centre on Monday night. A replacement flag was donated this morning however, earlier this afternoon the original flag was returned by the mother of the boy who took it. A spokesperson says the boy has a special fascination with flags and didn't fully understand the repercussions of taking it.

The white crosses were taken in a separate incident and are yet to be returned. 

Ninety-two-year-old veteran Lloyd Martin says he isn't normally a violent man but this has got his blood boiling and he wants those responsible to know how important Anzac Day is to returned servicemen.

"It annoys me no end, I can't really express myself, I would like to do physical violence to the person who did that but that is not allowed but I would like to give them an earful," he says.

It's the third year the memorial has featured on the road side. There are 101 white crosses in total. 

"I can't understand the mentality of any age bracket that would do such a desperate act of vandalism," Mr Martin says. 

Nine crosses were taken from the road side memorial (Supplied)