The World War II monument after it was vandalized.
Don Norman with The American Legion Post 30
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Veterans of The American Legion Post 30 say they are proud that the World War II memorial in Albany can be visited by members of the community, on this, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Legion 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 on Memorial Day, American Legion veterans discussed a number of options to prevent more vandalism. They even considering moving the monument to their post. But that idea was quickly thrown out.
"We put these monuments up for the public to enjoy," said American Legion Adjutant Don Norman, to honor our veterans, and our military men and women. We want them to stay down there."
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.
"All we're doing is honoring guys who went over there and sacrificed," said Norman. Not only the dead but the living. It's a special day for us."
Thursday 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 to 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.
"[When] we get the Korean monument going, we'll be complete there," noted Norman. "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.