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A cenotaph at the Old City Hall vandalized with graffiti during the night, a few hours after the Remembrance Day celebration

The historic cenotaph of Old Town Hall was vandalized with spray paint, several hours after the Remembrance Day ceremonies in downtown Toronto.

The images posted on social media show the words "Ye broken faith" written in capital blue letters in capital letters in the lower third of the monument, behind the wreath placed at the base for Monday service.

The words seem to refer to a line from John McCrae's poem, entitled "In Flanders Fields," written in 1915 during the First World War. The last lines of the poem read:

If you break faith with us who are dying

We will not sleep, although poppies grow

In the fields of Flanders.

Toronto police reported that the monument was vandalized with spray paint in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

Police were informed of the incident at 7:00 am Tuesday morning and are currently conducting an investigation. No suspects have been identified.

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David Venn

David Venn is a leading news reporter working in the Star radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @davidvenn_

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