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JONESVILLE, N.C. -- As a local park, the site of a military memorial, gears up for Memorial Day, they’ll be doing so surrounded by damage.

“This has been a labor of love. People have come in with shovels and rakes,” said Judy Wolfe, president of the Jonesville Historical Society, of Mineral Spring Park. “This is the essence of our heritage and our history.”

The site is composed of different items to honor those who have served, including plaques, markers and a bell.

“The bell tolls and we know for whom it tolls,” Wolfe said. “It tolls for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The memorial, Wolfe said, is also the final resting place of some veterans.

For the last two months, under the dark of night, Wolfe tells FOX8 pieces of the memorial have been either broken or taken.

“It’s very disappointing,” she said. “You stop, and you think, and you wonder, ‘What makes someone do this?’”

Some of the items include markers signifying the different branches of the military, plaques and their most prized possession; a cannon.

“That is the thing that has been damaged the most severely,” she said. “The breaking of the cannon was pretty close to the heart.”

Wolfe and other community members have seen kids who appear to be up to no good within the park.

“Not that kids shouldn’t run and have fun,” Wolfe said. “But why do they run when my car pulls up?”

It’s for that reason they believe it’s the kids who are doing the damage.

“We think we’re that not doing good enough to educate our youth and I think that goes beyond this community,” Wolfe said. “We hope that kids would remember that this represents the men and women who risked their lives for our freedom.”

Despite the damage, the park will still hold an event on Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, to honor those who lost their lives defending our freedom.

Wolfe said the damage could be as much as $1,000, but since the historical society doesn’t have much money, she’s not sure how far back the damage will put them.

She hopes the cannon will be fixed sometime next week.