Crews are taking down the Confederate monument at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland.

Police have already seen a few hecklers this week while workers were making preparations.

Over the last few days, crews worked to put braces around the statue. The Confederate soldier at the top of the statue will be the first piece to be removed.

This move has been met with heated debate from both sides.

A group called Save Southern Heritage hoped a federal judge would block the City of Lakeland from relocating the monument, but the judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit.

The monument has been in Munn Park for more than 100 years. It will be fully dismantled and moved to Veterans Park behind the RP Funding Center.

The monument will be placed among others that honor those who died in previous wars.

Police are expecting onlookers at Munn Park while the monument is dismantled and moved.