BUFFALO, NY - The now 30-year-old memorial sits near the Naval and Serviceman's Park on Buffalo's Waterfront, and the years of harsh weather, and even people just touching it and leaving memorial items, have caused some disrepair.
David Wiedemer was the architect for the monument which carries over 500 names of service members from the area listed as killed, missing in action or POWs from the Vietnam War.
He points out the need to replace worn-out caulking between the granite stones. It's become worn as people place flags there.
Some of the inset painting must also be repaired and the stones themselves must be acid-washed and re-finished to restore their luster.
A crew from Lacross Monuments will start Monday on a two-week job to refinish the monument in time for its re-dedication on Sunday, July 6, but volunteers have launched a fundraising effort to help pay the $25,000 bill for the project.
The volunteers originally we're hoping for some help from the City of Buffalo for the restoration but no city funding is available, so they're seeking donations.
They hope to also eventually work on the concrete pad for the memorial and install some sort of repository structure so people can leave those memorial items without affecting the monument itself.