A sign reading "We won't forget" was left Monday at the site where former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's statue once stood outside Beaver Stadium in State College.

Monday was the first anniversary of the date the statue was removed in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

A Penn State spokesman declined comment on the condition or location of the statue. University officials have said only that it is in a "secure location."

On July 22, 2012, just before 6 a.m., workers used jackhammers to remove the statue and took it away with a forklift. The statue had become a lightning rod for public opinion amid the sex-abuse scandal.

Angelo DiMaria, of Berks County, sculpted the statue in 2001.

Paterno died in January 2012.