Veterans Locked Out Of Memorial Honoring World War II Heroes [Video]

Veterans Locked Out Of Memorial Honoring World War II Heroes [Video]

The Brooklyn War Memorial was constructed to honor the more than 300,000 heroic men and women of Brooklyn who fought for liberty during the war, including the more than 11,000 who died overseas.

Without proper maintenance and funding, the closed memorial has fallen into disrepair. The list of repairs is long; it needs new stone work, new roof, new electric, new plumbing, new glass, insulation and most important a ramp,  handicapped accessible bathrooms and an elevator.

‘Phase One’ of the restoration includes upgrading the bathrooms – making them handicapped accessible and installing an elevator. The cost of Phase One is estimated to be $1.5 million.

The long term goal is to create a self-sustaining community center and veterans outreach and training center.

Fox News reports:

This year marks 70 years since the end of World War II. But some WWII veterans are fighting a new battle.

Brothers Roy and Jack Vanasco want to honor their fallen comrades by reopening the Brooklyn War Memorial, which has been shut for decades.

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The memorial was constructed to honor the more than 300,000 heroic men and women of Brooklyn who fought for liberty during the war, including the more than 11,000 who died overseas.

But since 1985, the doors of the memorial have been locked to the public and, more importantly, locked to our nation’s heroes.

Without proper maintenance and funding, the closed memorial has fallen into disrepair. It needs approximately $70 million in renovations, including new stone work, a new roof, new electric, new plumbing, new glass, insulation, a ramp, handicap accessible bathrooms and an elevator.

Anna Kooiman got a chance to visit with the Vanasco brothers and hear why they decorate the memorial with American flags every Memorial Day and why they want to see it reopened.

“We think about all of our friends,” Jack explained. “They gave up their lives for us.”

“We’d like to get it open,” he said. “So people can go in and look at those names that are on the wall.”

“They’re not here today to have this interview, but I can still see their faces,” Roy said.

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This granite and limestone memorial in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza is dedicated to the more than 300,000 “heroic men and women of the borough of Brooklyn” who served in World War II. Inside are displayed approximately 11,500 names of Brooklyn service members who died during the war.

The New York Port reported:

The general public cannot get inside until the Parks Department restores the deteriorating granite and limestone building, a towering classical monument with 24-foot-high statues of a male warrior and a woman and child.

“The city always says there’s no funds, but it’s a bunch of baloney,” said Jack Vanasco, 85, of Brooklyn, a former Army corporal who fought in the Pacific during the Second World War. “They’re putting millions of dollars into parks, and not one dime is going to the war memorial.”

This is interesting. Seems New York has plenty of tax money to spend.

NY Times reported this about New York’s State Budget:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders reached an agreement on the next state budget, capping weeks of deliberations over issues like deterring public corruption and improving public schools.

Cuomo had proposed a $150 billion spending plan.

One component of the governor’s budget proposal that did survive was doling out a $5.4 billion windfall resulting from settlements the state reached with financial institutions. The governor’s office said $1.5 billion of that money would go toward an upstate economic development program; another $500 million would go toward expanding broadband access.

In the end, the budget will include an even larger increase in education aid – about $1.6 billion, according to Assembly Democrats.

The Obama’s spend millions of our tax dollars on vacations and other frivolous expenditures. Based on the figures shown in the budget, NY has the funds to restore the memorial.  It is a matter of priority, and it is abundantly clear that our nations veterans are not important to the Obama administration, or Gov. Cuomo. 

This GoFundMe has been set up to help Rebuild the Brooklyn War Memorial

Photos courtesy of Google

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