LETTER: Broadway committed to honoring veterans

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Mr. Edward T. Hall’s letter in the June 6, 2013, edition of The Herald regarding his plaque at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial.

Mr. Hall’s name is on the black granite floor immediately adjacent to the pavilion. His name, rank, years of service, etc., are listed on his plaque. Mr. Hall’s plaque is an engraved 24-inch-by-12-inch section, which is part of a larger 48-inch-by-48-inch piece of black granite. The replacement cost for the 48-by-48 piece of granite is approximately $5,000-$6,000. Add to that $1,200-$1,500 for re-engraving the other donors listed, and suddenly you have approximately $7,000 in replacement costs.

I would disagree with Mr. Hall that his plaque is ruined. The damage is a hairline crack approximately 5 inches in length with no displaced granite. There are other stress-cracked pieces, and they have been that way for several years. This was not vandalism or intentionally damaged. It is a result of settling.

I am sorry that Mr. Hall has a bad feeling about Broadway and the North Carolina Veterans Memorial. We appreciate his service to our country, as well as the hundreds of thousands from North Carolina who have fought for our freedom. The NCVM was conceived and built, and is maintained today, keeping those very citizen soldiers in mind. For Mr. Hall to imply that the town of Broadway or the North Carolina Veterans Memorial is somehow duping veterans or their families into investing in a shoddily maintained memorial is not only unfair, but incorrect as well.

I would invite the public to visit our town and the N.C. Veterans Memorial to see for yourselves the commitment that we have put into honoring our veterans.

Donald F. Andrews

mayor and co-chair

North Carolina Veterans Memorial