SARASOTA, FL – The Unconditional Surrender statue in Sarasota, Florida — depicting the iconic image of a sailor kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform in Times Square after the end of World War II — was vandalized Monday, only a day after the veteran in the photo, George Mendonsa, died at 95.
Officers responded at about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a person spray-painting the statue, the Sarasota Police Department said in a statement.
When officers arrived, they found the words “#MeToo” in red covering the length of the woman’s left leg.
The statue is believed to have been spray-painted sometime between Monday midafternoon and evening.
The incident was not captured on video surveillance and police said there are no known witnesses. The spray paint was removed Tuesday morning.