How would you interpret this sentence?
They had the USO dances at the Woodfin House, I didn’t go. I turned forty the year before Pearl Harbor, too old for carrying on with soldiers. But the war made each and all feel young in a certain way. The town ripped up the trolley tracks to send off in the scrap-metal drives, and next they tore the iron cells from the old jail building! No American would commit a crime during wartime, was our thinking. Everyone went a little touched.
How would you interpret this sentence: The town ripped up the trolley tracks to send off in the scrap-metal drives?
Does it mean that they tore down the trolley tracks and sent them to factories as scrap-metal, in order to use them to make weapons or something?
And it’s from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.