NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of World War II veterans were honored in Brooklyn on Sunday as a local effort got underway to try to reopen a historic memorial.
To launch the effort, veterans received awards from the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Cadman Park Conservancy, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported.READ MORE: Candidate Conversations: Jack Ciattarelli
“(How much does this mean to you?) Unbelievable,” said Max Nemerovsky, a WWII veteran from Bensonhurst.
“It’s great to think people are still thinking of World War II,” said David Epstein, a WWII veteran from Bergen Beach.
“I was the one who was honored to serve,” said WWII veteran David Kaplan, of Brooklyn Heights.
Kaplan, 95, served in the Army at 22, stationed in the Pacific and Philippines, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
“We were faced with a terror that was unbelievable, the threat of Nazism among others,” he said.
And Sunday’s event went beyond remembrance. The goal now, is to reopen and completely restore the Brooklyn War Memorial, which is currently not handicapped accessible.
“To open this and make it ADA accessible so people can actually see it,” said Laurel Brown, with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.READ MORE: Liberty Science Center Breaks Ground On $300 Million SciTech Scity Expansion
Inside the building at Cadman Plaza Park are the names of 11,000 men and women from Brooklyn who lost their lives in World War II. But the building remains closed to the public.