A vandal hit a Cumberland County memorial dedicated to the men and women who’ve served our country.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like there’s a lot damage, but upon closer inspection, you can see chunks of stone missing from the pillars and benches that welcome visitors to Soldiers and Sailors Park in Mechanicsburg.
Police believe it is the work of a vandal with a heavy tool, leaving more than $2000 in damage.
“That kind of stone work, that kind of masonry work is very expensive to repair, that’s not a cheap fix. That’s expensive to put up, that’s expensive to repair,” said Chief David Spotts of the Mechanicsburg Police Department.
The borough has already spent around $7,000 over the past three years to fix prior vandalism to the structures. Workers had just finished repairing some of the stone work.
“Actually, I watched them doing some of the work, it was nice that they were fixing things up,” said Bob Nousianan, who visits the park with his dog almost daily.
People who come to the park often can’t understand why the destruction keeps happening.
“I don’t know if they’re trying to make a statement or something, but it’s unfortunate,” said Rebecca Sparr, a mom who was playing with her two sons at the park.
As Chief Spotts sees it, the destruction is also a disservice to all veterans.
“That park is essentially a memorial for our armed services, people who have served,” he said. “So I think that it’s an insult to their memory and so that frustrates me.”
If you have any information about this crime, you’re urged to call Mechanicsburg Police at (717) 691-3300.