RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – A Ridgefield rabbi said the anti-Semitic symbols and statements found on the stage at Ballard Park have left him "sad but not scared; upset but not pained."
Rabbi David Reiner Shir Shalom issued his statement on Wednesday after news of the graffiti broke.
"This is hurtful and offensive, but it will not keep me away Ballard Park this summer, where I will enjoy CHIRP concerts and play with our toddler. Whether the graffiti was motivated by ignorance, arrogance, or animus, I remain hopeful for a brighter future. – Rabbi David Reiner
With the incident taking place on Flag Day, Reiner asked members of the community to focus on what Old Glory is meant to represent.
"The stars and stripes come together to represent the unity of our nation and remind me that our nation is a beacon of hope and freedom where inclusion and caring ultimately overcome bigotry and intolerance," Reiner said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 203-438-6531 or the anonymous tip line at 203-431-2345.