Toppled Robert E. Lee memorial back on pedestal

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FORT MEYERS, Fla. (NBC) — A bust of Robert E. Lee that was knocked to the ground in downtown Fort Myers, Florida Tuesday is back on its pedestal.

The statue of the Confederate Army commander was vandalized by an unknown suspect who toppled it in the early morning.

Lee County is named after the general, who led the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and the bust was donated by a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Jerry Shell, a representative of the group, said upgrades were also made to the bust’s hardware that would make it tougher to take down.

“It’s not going to come down this easily next time if anybody tries it again,” Shell said. “It’s up here to stay.”

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