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Lincoln Memorial paint vandalism incident sparks outcry: #RespectLincoln

6:22 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Park Foundation and WUSA9 are teaming up to raise money to fight vandalism against national memorials and parks, like the vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday. 

Text the word PARKS to 90999 to donate $10 (two "Lincolns") or log on to the National Park Foundation website to donate $5 or as much as you want to #RespectLincoln. 

Log on to WUSA9's Twitter account and send us a pic of you and your $5 bill to show your support for the Lincoln Memorial and our national parks. Use the hash-tag #RESPECTLINCOLN so we can keep track of your kindness!

"In the early morning hours of July 26th, the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized. Unfortunately this is an occurrence that is seen repeated in national parks across the country. In honor of our nation's more than 400 national parks, the National Park Foundation is raising funds to protect and preserve the Lincoln Memorial and other national parks that have experienced vandalism. Your generous donation will make it possible to help the National Park Service restore, protect and safeguard these treasured places, so they may be experienced today and for generations to come," officials from the National Park Foundation said. 

Nancy Kupper of the National Parks Service says about 2000 acts of vandalism have occurred per year over the last five years. Some of the problems include tagging on boulders, damage to hundred-year-old cacti (Saguaro National Park, Tucson) and damage to cannons on civil war battlefields.

WUSA9 and the National Park Foundation, caring about our national treasures together. 

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