YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — A memorial to veterans of the Vietnam war has a prime location outside York Fairgrounds, but some feel the memorial is not getting the upkeep and respect it deserves.
The memorial is to the lives lost in every American war, but one of the first ones you see after driving through the main gate is the Vietnam War Memorial.
Delays in repairs are shedding light on financial setbacks to keeping monuments in their best condition.
“I think every York County veteran should be concerned about this. It is a sign of disrespect,” said Harold Redding, a Vietnam War veteran.
Harold Redding knew several men on this memorial from his time at William Penn High School, so he’s passionate about keeping it good shape.
“In a way, it’s another symbol of that past experience with Vietnam veterans where respect was not given to them, and this is a symbol of that war,” Redding said.
Over the past year, he’s grown frustrated noticing cracks and sunken bricks. He’s calling on the fairgrounds to pull money from an account set aside for repairs. There is $8,000 in that account.
“Yeah, it’s always a challenge. It’s always frustrating trying to find funding to do things like that,” York Fair CEO Bryan Blair said.
Fair officials say they got a quote to fix the crack and it’s over $1,700, leaving close to $6,000 in the account to fix repairs for years to come.
The fair has no money allocated in its budget to repair any of the memorials throughout the grounds.
“We are going to approach the foundation about the funds, and if there are no funds there, we will figure out as we go, but certainly our intent is to keep the monument in as good as condition as we can,” Blair said.
It’s frustration on both ends for veterans like Redding and fair officials who want to keep monuments looking nice.
To put this into perspective, it would cost the fairgrounds $55,000 to clean and restore just the plaques throughout the fairgrounds right now. But again, there’s no money allocated in the fair’s budget for that type of work.
The fair says if you want to donate to help with these efforts, you can do that by calling them or the York County Community Foundation.