Keeping a Promise

West Virginians who have served in the military – some of them making the ultimate sacrifice – have taken good care of the rest of us. We ought to return at least part of the favor by taking good care of them and of monuments intended to honor them.

In 1999, a Veterans Memorial Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial were dedicated on the grounds of the state Capitol in Charleston. Since then, they have been neglected inexcusably. A substantial amount of repair work is needed.

When these memorials are erected, the sacred promise is that they will serve as a timeless testament to those who served and sacrificed for their country. This is a promise that should not be broken.

We, as citizens, should not allow this memorial to decay just because so much time has passed since the last of the Vietnam veterans returned home.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin should order the work be done immediately. Surely some account in the state budget will cover the necessary repairs – and if necessary, legislators will approve a budget change as soon as possible.

This is one item of state spending taxpayers would applaud.