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Gloucester's Joan of Arc statue vandalized

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Gloucester police are investigating vandalism to the city's second most famous statue.

The sword on the city's 3,500-pound bronze statue of Joan of Arc sitting atop a horse was bent back at an almost 90-degree angle.

The Gloucester Daily Times reports that the vandalism was reported Sunday although when it occurred remains under investigation.

The statue completed in 1921 and facing the city's America Legion post is a memorial to Gloucester men who fought in France in World War I. The base consists of eight stones from around France.

Post commander Mark Nestor called the vandalism to a war memorial so close to July Fourth a "desecration."

The good news is that insurance will likely foot the repair bill.

Gloucester is also home to the Fishermen's Memorial statue.

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