Toronto police are investigating after a war memorial in a downtown park was vandalized on Remembrance Day.

“Canada will burn praise Allah” was written on the memorial in Coronation Park, on Lake Shore Boulevard West near Strachan Avenue.

The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the vandalism, calling it “senseless” and “ignorant.”

“We call on witnesses to step forward to assist police in finding the perpetrators of this sacrilege,” Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the council, said in a statement Monday.

“An act against a Canadian memorial site is an act against our shared history and an act against a sacred space,” Gardee added.

Police told CityNews someone passing by the memorial spotted the vandalism and reported it.

Another message, Holy jihad, was written on a nearby sign at the park.

“To have vandals tear down the women and men who have stood for us, who have fought for us and who have made our world a safer place today is shocking,” said Laura Deer.

No description of the suspect(s) has been released.

One city official told CityNews the message was written in permanent marker and because of the makeup of the memorial, the ink was able to be absorbed by the granite.

He estimated it would take a couple of days for the marker to be completely removed.

City crews removed the defacement on Monday.

“It’s pretty sad on a special day like yesterday,” city cleaner Frank Aurilia said.

This comes after a bill to impose stiffer penalties on those who desecrate war memorials passed its third reading in the House of Commons this week. If the bill is approved in the Senate, those found guilty could face a maximum of 30 days in jail.