The American Legion Post 30 veterans say they are proud that the World War Two memorial in Albany can be visited by members of the community on this, the 70 anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
American Legion Post 30 members spent two years raising the $20,000 to build the World War II monument. When it and other monuments at Veteran's Park were vandalized with paint Memorial Day, American Legion veterans discussed a number of options to prevent more vandalism, even considering moving it to their post. But that idea was quickly thrown out.
American Legion Adjutant Don Norman said "You know we put these monuments up for the public to enjoy. To honor our veterans, and our military men and women." "We want them to stay down there."
Today the Post 30 veterans honor the troops that went ashore in Normandy 70 years ago, and know their World War II monument commemorates those heroes.
Norman said "All were doing is honoring guys who went over there, and sacrificed. Not only the dead but the living. It's a special day for us."
Last evening the Executive Board of American Legion Post 30 met, and the vandalism at the World War II monument was not discussed. They say there is not much more they can do to protect it, except count on the community. Now their attention has turned to the Korean War monument they are designing. The veterans are only $700 short of the money needed to begin making it.
Norman said "We get the Korean monument going, we'll be compete there. We'll have Nam, Korea, and World War II."
These veterans are not letting crime or haters slow down their work honoring the men and women who fought, served, and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
American Legion Post 30 leaders say they plan to have the Korean War monument ready for dedication by Veterans Day.