Omaha’s Memorial Park near 60th and Dodge Street is a site that honors veterans of Nebraska. Over the weekend, vandals targeted the west end of the park and burned a 20-by-20 foot swastika into the grass leaving the racist message for all to see.
Omaha Parks and Recreation Director Brook Bench says, “We found out about it Saturday late afternoon. We covered it with a tarp. Then we had crews go out yesterday morning and tilled up the whole area so there is no sign of it left. Today it will be re-seeded and matted.”
A visitor to the park placed an American flag on the freshly tilled soil and some planted flowers to cover up the hateful symbol. Bench says they did file a police report and is hoping they can find those responsible for the vandalism.
Neo-Nazi propaganda recently showed up in flyers and in books in the neighborhood around Memorial Park in recent weeks and officials are hoping the two incidents are not connected. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert sent out a Tweet Sunday thanking the Parks and Recreation Department for taking care of the offensive graffiti quickly.