Graffiti to most Long Islanders is a sign of the kind of urban-nes they don’t want in their mostly pristine townships. However, if it’s in the form of a mural, dedicated to a slain soldier and can’t be seen from the street, there’s a good chance that even a suburban enclave like Sag Harbor will approve. The underside of a bridge in the town was spray-painted as a memorial to local soldier “Jordan C. Haerter, a 19-year-old Marine lance corporal” killed in Iraq. It measures 50 feet long by 15 feet high and is completely illegal. The mural depicts a Captain American looking character with a dedication to the soldier painted by a local graffiti writer known to cops as AMP 26—he’s done minimal damage but is still the town’s most prolific.

However, it’s getting widespread support from the community and despite being the “largest known case of graffiti vandalism in town,” according to a Sag Harbor police lieutenant, the artist responsible for painting it might not even be charged with vandalism. There’s also talks about preserving it. |NYT|
|Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times|