A western central Texas community jumped in to help an area veterans group raise funds to restore a war memorial that mysteriously sustained thousands of dollars of damage in the past week, Breitbart reports.
The Brownwood Police Department is investigating what caused four granite tablets at a veterans memorial to break apart over the weekend.
“The memory of these men that were on this plaque are not to be forgotten. It’s our mission to see to it they’re not, and so we will rebuild and soon.”
“The engineers say no way it was wind, not with the amount of tonnage we are dealing with here.” ~ Colonel Tom Gray
Weston Jacobs, local man, said that he felt compelled to help when he saw a Brownwood woman in tears on Monday after she saw that the name of her son, who was killed in Iraq in 2006, was still intact on the damaged memorial.
“Without batting an eye, she walked to his monument and ran her fingers across his name on that monument that’s still standing,” Jacobs said. “And seeing the way it impacted her gave me chill bumps, understanding what these monuments mean to some of the folks around here.”
Jacobs is auctioning off the pieces of the veterans’ memorial on Saturday at Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with all of the funds that are raised during the auction going directly toward rebuilding the veterans’ memorial.
“Those who gave absolutely everything they could give, who fought for us, and those who died serving their country. We just want to do something small to give back.”
Additionally, Steve Kelly created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for replacement tablets. Kelly said the veterans group hopes to raise $50,000. As of press time, they have received $12,760 towards that goal.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!