The Korean War Memorial has finally been replaced and restored! | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The newly restored pieces of the Korean War Memorial at Battleship Memorial Park were installed Thursday afternoon after being destroyed over a year ago.
The coast guard memorial and Korean War map were eventually replaced after being badly damaged when the driver fleeing Spanish police from the fort crashed there in January 2020.
He left one of the granite slabs turned and the other broken in half.
Police said the suspect chased the payment, onto the grass, and then hit two of the monument’s memorials.
Korean War vets said they were just happy to have finally replaced him, “it makes me feel better, really really,” Korean War veteran Robert Rigsby said.
“I’m really glad I lasted, lived long enough to see it repaired and put back in place and supposed to be like it originally did, they tell me,” Korean War veteran Walter Ballard said.
Battleship Memorial Park director Janet Cobb said it took ten months to restore the monument, much longer than normal due to the coronavirus pandemic,
“Covid has affected the company, its employees and its oversight suppliers who supply things like the band saws that are used to cut granite,” said Janet Cobb.
The monument cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair, but money from insurance, fundraising and the Battleship Foundation could be used to cover the costs of restoration.
As for the man who caused the damage? He is still at large.
The mobile police service continues to investigate the case.
Battleship Memorial Park officials said they would re-dedicate the newly installed memorials within the month.
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