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Vandals damage memorial at Florence’s Veterans Park

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Volunteer Mary Daysmith received an unexpected call late Monday morning, one that left her speechless. She volunteers with the American Legion Post 11 in Lauderdale County.

"The park police had contacted me, notifying the American Legion of Florence, that someone had basically driven up on to the ramp of the fence in front of the jet and had damage the fence pretty bad. Probably did thousands of dollars' worth of damage," said Daysmith.

With the help of the American Legion Post 11, the F4D Phantom jet arrived in Florence last year.  The process took nine years.  It's a tribute to Lauderdale County veterans, especially the airmen and their families.

"It's irritating cause my husband is a veteran and I've got several men in my family that were veterans and, you know, it's a shame that people can't respect something as much as other people do," said resident Jennifer Lowe.

Members with American Legion Post 11 say they will be meeting in the upcoming weeks to determine what new security measures will be put around the jet display.

Authorities say the person responsible for this act could face serious consequences including one felony and two misdemeanor charges.

If you have any information that can help authorities catch any of the men and women in this report call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip line at 256-386-8685. Or click here to learn about how to contact the American Legion Post 11 in Florence.