City of Cedartown officials are asking for the public's help in finding out who and why someone would have vandalized a memorial to local veterans.
According to a press release from the city this morning, a large fountain located at the Cedartown Veterans Park was pushed off its base and overturned in past days.
Parks, Cemeteries and Recreation Director Lee Hayes received information on Friday, Feb. 9, that the fountain had been overturned. When he arrived at the park next to city hall and the Cedartown Library, Hayes found the fountain on its side, surrounded by chunks of broken concrete.
"It was unclear as to what time the criminal damage took place," the release stated.
Currently there are no suspects.
Cedartown City Manager Bill Fann was "sickened by the act of destruction," the release stated.
"It's upsetting anytime public property is destroyed by an intentional criminal act, but to have this park vandalized – a park that is set aside to honor those that served and gave their lives to protect this country – is inexcusable," Fann went on to say. "It takes a sorry person to destroy something set aside to honor veterans and currently members of the U.S. military."
Cedartown Public Information Officer Aimee Madden said the city maintains the park, but it was established and built by the Cedartown Veterans Committee, who then turned it over to the city.
Madden said there was no estimate yet on the cost to repair the damage.
Cedartown Police are turning to residents to help shed light on the person or persons responsible for the damage. Anyone with information to share, please contact the Cedartown Police Department at 770-748-4123.