WATCH: Soldiers Clean War Memorial After Protesters Desecrate It
Video has emerged on social media of the moment when soldiers from the Household Cavalry took it upon themselves to clean a war memorial after protesters sprayed it with the ‘all cops are b**tards’ (ACAB) acronym.
The video footage was uploaded on ‘Fill Your Boots’ – a military banter page on Facebook – and has been shared nearly 4,200 times with almost 4,000 interactions and over 1,000 comments.
The footage has now also popped up on YouTube.
In the video below, four lads and one lass can be seen scrubbing the offensive graffiti off of the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig.
But for some reason, a couple of civilians took offence. Not to the graffiti, but to the fact that the soldiers were cleaning it.
The female filming the great work of the soldiers can be heard to say: “you could not even wait one day” – inferring that, for some reason, the ‘all cops are bastards’ acronym should have been left up there for at least 24 hours (although she did not specify the significance of the 24 hours).
The person filming added: “they could not even wait one day – because of their precious memorial”.
All the while, the soldiers ignore the taunts and goading and continue to scrub off the graffiti.
But the professional bystanders are not happy as one female approaches them while shouting:
“excuse me, when I saw you earlier, you picked up signs and put them in bin bags”.
Ever the professionals, the soldiers ignore the taunts of the professional bystanders, as one such bystander, ignorant of the laws regarding criminal damage shouts: “how is that vandalism!?”.
But the soldiers refuse to ‘bite’ despite being taunted and they continue to scrub the letters off of the memorial.
It later transpired that the volunteers were from the elite Household Cavalry.
A spokesperson for the unit said:
“We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing soldiers from the Household Cavalry.
“This was not unit direction; the soldiers took it upon themselves to clean the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig.
“We are proud of their calm response; this shows the professionalism of our soldiers”.
The video has angered many members of the military community.
The Facebook page ‘The Walter Mitty Hunters Club HQ’ has been trying to identify the individuals who were taunting the soldiers.
This is not the first time that the military community have, in their own time, repaired war memorials and statues which have been damaged.
And something tells me that it won’t be the last…