The community of Greenville, South Carolina was outraged this weekend to discover that a vandal had sprayed - the word "Taliban " on a stone replica of the World Trade Center erected to commemorate 9/11.
"We had probably spent the last month planning and building these towers, the memorial to show our community that we care, that we want to support those who have lost life and those who gave their lives to save the lives of so many, "said Paul Nichols, CEO of Upstate Granite Solutions, " Fox & Friends Tuesday.
Nichol 's Upstate Granite Solutions is the local company that built the granite statues, each weigh 4000 pounds, with a light beam. The memorial is surrounded 1,000 American flags to commemorate 20 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11.
The words "NEVER FORGET " were displayed outside the memorial.
Nichols said that "The outpouring of the community was incredible, " attracting families in droves to take photos at the memorial.
However, the next morning, Nichols was told of the vandalism.
"Sunday morning I got a message from a community member on Facebook saying 'Hey, I think someone vandalized the towers. ' And I wasI was out of town at that time. I had one of my employees come by and check out and of course he sent me pictures of the spray painted words on the tower and base of the monument, "Nichols said.
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With pictures of the incident apparently in their possession, the police are investigating on vandalism. Nichols said the vandal parked in broad daylight at 7:30 am In the morning we walked over to the monument and then spray painted it as the cars passed.
"We don't really understand why he did it. We are saddened by it. My heart sank when I saw him, but I will go to you Say, the response from the community and even across the country has been incredible, "said Nichols.
Unfortunately, the granite is still " a bit chipped, "said Nichols. The color is in the granite because it 'sa natural stone.
"This is not going to deter people from coming over yet a few minutes ago. A man who grew up in New York and his father helped build these towers came and thanked me for building this monument "said Nichols.
" People are just outraged that someone is doing this But, it almost brought us closer tocause of that person's actions. Everyone feels the love and what the monument really stands for and because of that I have heard people in UK, all over the country say thank you, we stand in solidarity for what this monument stands for . "
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September 11, 2021 marked the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
An estimated 20% of Americans know someone has been injured or killed in the bombings and over 3,000 children have lost a parent. Almost 3,000 people were killed after terrorists d Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes - two of which pulverized the Twin Towers in Manhattan, one that hit the Pentagon and the other, United Airlines Flight 93, which never reached its destination after the passengers heroically shot down the plane in an field in Shanksville, Pa.
Fox News 'Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.