Push underway to reopen Brooklyn war memorial

Posted at 9:09 AM, May 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-25 09:09:22-04

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- This Memorial Day, you can visit the Brooklyn War Memorial in Downtown Brooklyn. But you can only look on from the outside.

The memorial, which honors more than 11,000 Brooklyn residents who died in World War II, is closed. And it's been shuttered for 25 years.

But there is a new push to change that. On Sunday, an outdoor ceremony at Cadman Plaza Park honored veterans at the site and kicked off a fundraising effort.

The memorial needs a lot of work. According to its GoFundMe page, it needs a new roof, electric, plumbing, glass, insulation, stone work and handicapped accessible bathrooms and an elevator.

Once open, not only will visitors get to go inside to see the names of veterans who died, but the Cadman Park Conservancy hopes it will serve as a community center and veterans outreach and training center.

For more information on the fundraising effort, click here.