CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A World War II memorial has been vandalized in a local cemetery in east Charlotte.

A WWII memorial in an east Charlotte cemetery was vandalized overnight (Photo: Jonathan Monté/FOX 46 Charlotte)

The incident happened sometime between Sunday and Monday at the Evergreen Cemetery located at Evergreen Cemetery Drive, off of Central Avenue.

Wayne White, a U.S. Air Force veteran, rounded up some friends and was working to help clean up the WWII memorial on Monday after seeing on social media that it had been defaced.

He told FOX 46 Charlotte that the names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”

White said he took the day off and drove from his South Carolina home to get the graffiti cleaned up.

More than 500 Mecklenburg County residents who died during WWII are listed on the memorial.

The case remains open and under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Charlotte Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.