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Honoring veterans as monuments decay, funds dry up

Published On: May 26 2013 02:45:04 PM CDT
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HONOLULU -

A corroding memorial on the shoreline of Waikiki is forcing Hawaii residents to grapple with the question of how to honor soldiers when monuments decay.
    
The salt water pool was built to honor soldiers who served in World War I. Decades later, the memorial is closed and crumbling.
    
Hawaii state and local officials recently announced a plan to tear down the structure and replace it with a beach. But historic preservation activists are fighting to protect it.
    
Similar debates have played out across the nation with varying results.
    
In Greensboro, N.C., residents are debating what to do with the city's own decaying tribute to the soldiers of World War I.
    
In Wakefield, Mich., the community couldn't afford to maintain a memorial building. Today, an empty lawn stands in its place.

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