Optimism that vandalized Vietnam War memorial in downtown San Jose can be repaired

By On August 31, 2018

Optimism that vandalized Vietnam War memorial in downtown San Jose can be repaired

SAN JOSE â€" As news spread earlier this week that a memorial honoring the 142 San Jose residents who died in the Vietnam War had been vandalized, the organization that built and maintains the monument became overwhelmed with community support and financial donations.

Now board members with the San Jose “Vietnam War” Memorial Foundation, Inc. are optimistic they have found a company that can repair the damaged granite memorial located on West Santa Clara Street.

Foundation president Dennis Fernandez, one of the people who helped build the memorial, said the owner of a company that specializes in these types of restorations reached out to him after seeing the news. Fernandez said the restoration will take place next week.

“We’re very positive and hoping it all goes well,” Fernandez said.

The news also generated an outpouring of support, including veterans’ groups and city leaders, Fernandez said.

“I just can’t acknowledge enough how many people have been so supportive to resolve it,” Fernandez said. “It’s been nice.”

While the cost of the repairs may not be known until the work is done, Fernandez said the foundation should be OK financially.

“People have responded with donations to help pay for the repairs,” Fernandez said. “It takes a village, and people stepped up.”

Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam

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