Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger.
Officers from the City of Milton Police Department along with other local law enforcement agents are teaming up with the Milton/Milton Township Fire Department for a charitable softball game. The event is being billed as “Guns and Hoses 2011” and will be held at Schilberg Park on Friday July 1st at 7:00 p.m. Staff will be on hand to collect donations from those attending. All proceeds raised during the event will go towards a beautification project at the Milton Cemetery. T-shirts commemorating the game will also be available to order for $15. You will be able to choose between fire department red t-shirts, and blue law enforcement t-shirts.
Varsity Lanes in Milton is also partnering up in this effort. On July 1st, between 4pm and 10pm, they will donate $5 towards this project for every large pizza that is sold on site.
On May 26th it was discovered that vandals had caused well over $60,000.00 in damage at the cemetery. That same week 2 juvenile males were taken into custody on felony charges of Criminal Damage to Religious Property in connection with the incident. The quick arrests were the result of community members coming forward to help us quickly identify those that were responsible.
Since the incident occurred the City of Milton Public Works Department has spent considerable time, totaling approximately $2,500.00 in labor, putting the headstones back together, when feasible, and bringing the cemetery back to the best state possible. However, some of the damage to memorials is irreparable, and will never be able to be brought back to its original state.
We would like to invite people from around the area to attend the event and donate to this worthy cause. We are hopeful that our community will come forward and help support the effort to once again make the Milton Cemetery a well groomed environment where families can go to visit the memorials of loved ones.