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Repairs begin at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

By Ed O'Keefe

One of the National Mall's most popular and somber memorials is in the midst of a facelift, as The Post's Anna Uhls reports in the video above.

The memorial's repair work and landscaping is now handled by the private Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund instead of the National Park Service, the AP reported. The group decided to take control of the memorial's maintenance because of scarce funding from the federal government. The Fund hopes to raise more than $1 million to care for the memorial and grounds, including $500,000 to buy replacement granite if sections of the wall need to be replaced in the future.

Workers will restore the site's main flagpole and restore the bronze finish for five stands that hold directories that help people find names on famous V-shaped memorial wall, which draws millions of visitors each year.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 23, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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How truely sad that the Democrat led Congress of the United States (for 42 of the past 50 years )and certain Democrat Presidents have spent and made laws that spend and fix economic interests, that have brought shame on themselves by not taking care of the memorials which were dedicated to the United States History and to honor our dead and destroyed. How many vacations oh thou might Congress did you make to Australia we do not know of? Did Teddy get to go one that last one or was he too far gone by that time? I'm asshamed of you.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | October 26, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey jackolantyrn356, it wasn't the Democrats who gutted the NPS operating budget. The Wall Streeters needed to fund their tax cuts from somewhere. Now the interest on Bush's deficit spending is driving us broke and we ended up with a crumbling infrastructure. It was the Republicons who repealed "pay as you go". They started a trillion dollar war without including it in the budget.

Posted by: JohnnyE1 | October 26, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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