Linden veteran calls for repairs to local monument
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A Navy veteran in Linden wants to know when a damaged memorial to the deceased veterans from this neighborhood will finally be repaired.
He says it’s been a mess for weeks.
This is the part that concerns Kwodwo Ababio: the stone is overturned and the plaque with the names is face down on this pile of rubble.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of traffic, the small memorial pays homage to the fallen of Linden. Ababio says he hoped to see repairs done by Memorial Day, but that did not happen.
“This is not the first time that a car has hit this monument, but it has been broken down for at least three months,” said Ababio.
Kwodwo Ababio – a Linden resident and Navy veteran – says seeing it hurts his heart.
He tells me he called the city to ask why the rubble had not been removed or repaired. “They ain’t moving fast enough man, these people’s faces are laying here in the dirt.”
We contacted Columbus Parks and Recreation about the memorial. They say they understand the importance of it but are waiting for specialists to come and examine the damage.
“To pick it up and clean it up because I think it’s a disservice and very disrespectful to the fallen veterans who fought in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Korean War. Vietnam, ”Ababio said.
Columbus Parks and Rec says moving it at the moment is not possible – they don’t have the right equipment and may cause more damage to the memorial. A company repaired the monument in 2019 and is expected to return to see it in the coming weeks.
Ababio wants the city to also think about preventive measures. “I think we can put steel barriers maybe pylons in front and so next time maybe they’ll hit the pylons before they reach the monument.”
Columbus Parks and Recreation says they are considering ways to prevent further accidents with the memorial. They’re floating around the idea of possibly moving it to a new location, but say they want the public’s opinion on it.