No One Can Be Mad at This 9/11 Memorial Graffiti

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11:  An American flag is stuck in a plaque of names of the victims of the September 11 attacks at the North Pool memorial during observances for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2012 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mike Segar-Pool/Getty Images)
Photo: Pool/2012 Getty Images

Some 40 “anguished messages” have been scratched into the bronze plaques listing victims at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, including lines like “Love4Ever,” the New York Post reports. For obvious reasons, especially amid the museum’s shaky first week of press, no arrests have been made, and there’s been no effort to identify those responsible using security footage or the victim’s name. 

“Can you imagine the conflict a cop would feel about having to bust someone for leaving a personal message to honor a dead relative who was murdered at Ground Zero?” said a law enforcement source. Instead, workers quietly paint over the messages to restore the original sheen, though maybe the memorial should consider adding a display that welcomes more interaction. The gift-shop cheese plates don't count.