Local Vietnam veterans upset about restrooms next to Vietnam memorial
By Joey Prechtl
July 6, 2016
MADAWASKA, Maine (WAGM) - "What it represents to them is shame to their sons."
For Vietnam veteran Jack Meyers, he says the new restroom facility built adjacent to the memorial is a shame and a sign of disrespect to the fallen. This Vietnam memorial is hallowed ground he says and It's a statue to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by the 21 men from the St. John Valley.
"We honored those families, those boys came back and they were dead. You can't change that. They gave their lives. Those families didn't have to give up those boys. The government gave up on us, and what now is the town of Madawaska giving up on us," Meyers said.
He co-founded the statue 20 years ago. He said he still remembers the emotions he felt the day it was unveiled to the Valley.
"It was amazing, and I felt like I had said thank you to my boys."
Town manager Ryan Pelletier said the town never meant to disrespect the veterans. The land is owned by the Diocese of Portland and the town is a tenant, so all permanent structures must be proposed and approved by the Diocese before construction. The local Parrish would only approve a location if it was okay with the neighbors of the park, and the neighbors rejected all other possible locations.
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