ROCK FALLS, Ill. (KWQC) - Veterans Day is Saturday and when crews from Rock Falls, Illinois went to prepare their Veterans Memorial Park for the celebration, they realized they had a problem.
The park had been vandalized. Crews were faced with broken light bulbs and stones, graffiti and a messy park. The Public Works Department quickly approved funds and the city called Firehouse of God Ministries. Their Pastor says he was honored to get the call.
Vandals caused $3,500 worth of damage to the park. The city purchased new light bulbs that wouldn't easily break and Firehouse crews painted over the graffiti.
City leaders don't believe this was a targeted attack, but they say it hits close to home.
"This is a veterans park. It deserves respect." says Janell Loos, the Rock Falls Tourism Director.
Brian Tribley, the Firehouse of God Ministries Pastor agrees.
"We need to honor them and this park is a way to honor them so when they're doing damage to this park, they're doing damage to the families that have lost love ones."
Mayor Bill Wescott says if they catch the vandals, they'll be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In the meantime, he wants residents to be aware.
"If you are someone out there that is doing this, this isn't the way," Wescott said. "If you have this much energy and time, please come see me in my office. We have many things you could do to help make the city a better place to live."