Gloucester's Joan of Arc World War I memorial statue vandalized

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GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts — Gloucester police are investigating vandalism to the city's second most famous statue.

The sword on the city's 3,500-pound bronze statue of Joan of Arc sitting atop a horse was bent back at an almost 90-degree angle.

The Gloucester Daily Times ( ) reports that the vandalism was reported Sunday although when it occurred remains under investigation.

The statue completed in 1921 and facing the city's America Legion post is a memorial to Gloucester men who fought in France in World War I. The base consists of eight stones from around France.

Post commander Mark Nestor called the vandalism to a war memorial so close to July Fourth a "desecration."

The good news is that insurance will likely foot the repair bill.

Gloucester is also home to the Fishermen's Memorial statue.

Information from: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times,

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