Place The World War II Memorial In Coolidge Park

Friday, August 23, 2019

Yesterday two American Legion Post 14 members went to Patten Parkway to fold the American flag, after it was lower by construction workers. 

I decided to stay in Patten Parkway and watch the workers dismantle the World War II Memorial monument.  While we observed, we questioned how well the bronze plaque, which is quite large, would be protected.  We discussed where the monument is to find a permanent home.

It has come to our attention the new home for the World War II Memorial will not be Coolidge Park.  Coolidge Park is the only obvious location for the monument, since it is dedicated to men who fell in the war in which Mr. Coolidge received his Medal of Honor.

We as a society and those of us who are military veterans have a responsibility to teach our youth.  Many members of our society could care less, and I fear their opinion is guiding the “Veterans Memorial Committee.”  I think the name and members chosen for this committee is disingenuous, since a good number of them are not veterans.  I also think the non-veteran members have full control of the committee.

As an old submarine veteran, I am hard-headed and never give up easily. I am a supporter of all things veteran, I am heartbroken it appears the monument will not be placed in Coolidge Park.

One more question, did anyone consult with Charles H. Coolidge?   

Alan W. Syler


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