ENDNOTE: War memorials decay; a “grateful” nation?


War memorials go unkempt as funds dry up
Published May 26, 2013
Associated Press

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In Michigan’s upper peninsula, the Wakefield Memorial Building once stood as a grand structure overlooking a lake in Wakefield, an old mining town. The memorial, built in 1924 to commemorate the sacrifices of World War I soldiers, was expansive, including a banquet hall, meeting room and theater.

By the 1950s, the community couldn’t afford the upkeep of the building and sold it to a private owner. Over the years, there were attempts to renovate the structure. But it was deemed too expensive and by 2010, the building was demolished.

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I’m not so sure that “The Nation” is “grateful” for the service of its vets.

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