Veterans Locked Out of Memorial Honoring World War II Heroes
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 re-opening the Brooklyn War Memorial, which has been shut for decades.
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.
Watch the clip from “Fox and Friends Weekend” above and learn more about how you can help restore the Brooklyn War Memorial.