America’s War Memorials Left to Rot as Money Runs Out


So instead of sending $250 billion to the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt maybe we should keep that money at home for this sort of thing. Instead of sending money to lazy people who don’t want to work we use it to remember those who paid the ultimate price. Heck, even if you used it to put out of work people to work to fix stuff it would be better than the waste we are currently doing.
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On the shoreline of Hawaii’s most famous beach, a decaying structure attracts little attention from wandering tourists.

A few glance curiously at the crumbling Waikiki Natatorium, a salt water pool built in 1927 as a memorial to the 10,000 soldiers from Hawaii who served in World War I. But the monument’s walls are caked with salt and rust, and passers-by are quickly diverted by the lure of sand and waves.

The faded structure has been closed to the public for decades, the object of seemingly endless debate over whether it should be demolished or restored to its former glory. The latest plan is to replace it with a beach, more practical for the state’s lucrative tourism industry – and millions of dollars cheaper, according to state and local officials. They say a full restoration could cost nearly $70 million.

The corroding monument has challenged the community to maneuver a delicate question: How do we honor those who have served when memorials deteriorate and finances are tight?



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