VIDEO: California skateboarder riding on top of military memorial in San Diego
A California skateboarder became a center of a controversy on Monday after a video became viral of him riding across the walls of a memorial honoring military members.
The video, recorded and uploaded by San Diego resident, shows an unidentified man is seen riding his skateboard across the top of the granite walls of the sacred Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. The man was being filmed by a group of other people nearby while he attempts the trick.
No damage to the memorial was made though.
"I'm appalled at such disregard and carelessness," Neil O'Connell, President and CEO of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, said in a statement posted on Facebook.
"Our granite walls require constant care by volunteers due to the atmosphere. It's a lot of work. But come on, how disrespectful is it to ride skateboards over the tops and edges of this fine surface."
Many Facebook users slammed the skater’s behavior before the video was deleted.
"I know what it's like to be a kid and a skater but this where frankly I draw the line," one of the users, Don Hotz, whose father and uncle have plaques said. "If you're listening guys, I would appreciate it if you would not do that kind of thing. That's disrespectful to men that spend their lives protecting what we have today."
The incident is being investigated as a vandalism, San Diego Police Department official said.
The names of over 5,000 Americans are curved into the black granite walls of the Veterans Memorial. The memorial dates back to 1952 and honors veterans, living or deceased, from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terrorism.