Vietnam War Memorial in Atlanta under threat

A memorial planned in Atlanta to recognize veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War is in jeopardy.

At Atlanta City Hall, Councilman Michael Bond asked for more than $600,000 to fund a Vietnam veterans memorial set to go to Piedmont Park.

The adviser argues that these veterans and their families sacrificed themselves for what was an unpopular, if not ridiculed, military campaign.

Plans for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Atlanta (City of Atlanta)

“I was spat on when I came back,” said Eldson Mcghee, a local veteran who was honored with a Purple Heart for his service.

“I want the city council to adopt this project, he added. “The community has already done that.”

On Wednesday, the council’s finance committee prepared budget items. The councilman wanted funding for the memorial attached. However, Alex Wan told Bond that his measure was not ready.

Plans for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Atlanta

Plans for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Atlanta (City of Atlanta)

“I’m hearing mixed messages,” Wan, the chairman, told committee members.

Wan complained that Bond failed to work out funding details by the Wednesday deadline he had set for adding specific amendments.

Plans for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Atlanta

Plans for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Atlanta (City of Atlanta)

“That doesn’t mean you can’t settle things before Tuesday,” Wan told Bond.

The final action on the budget will take place next week. Councilman Bond has entered into talks with the administration of Andre Dickens to see if funding for the exhibition in Vietnam can be secured.

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