TUSCALOOSA MEMORIAL WRECKED BY DRUNKEN DRIVER

Broken Memorial

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Yazmin Pineda

A historic memorial damaged about a week ago may come back bigger and better after a drunken driver plowed into it.

The memorial, located at the corner of Greensboro Avenue and University Boulevard, held three plaques that contain the names of all Tuscaloosa County residents who lost their lives in World War I and World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. The American Legion Post 34 worked with the city to create the monument in 1986.

Tuscaloosa Police Department officials said a 60-year-old West Blocton man was arrested for driving under the influence and is accused of smashing into the memorial.

The memorial is more than just a plaque for World War II veteran and former Tuscaloosa Mayor Al DuPont, who said he hopes it’s rebuilt in the near future.

“Too many times people just walk away,” he said. “They don’t think about this, and hopefully we can get it all back.”

Talks are ongoing about a possible expansion and relocation of the memorial, which would add the names of residents who lost their lives in more recent wars.

“Hopefully, we can reconstruct it,” DuPont said. “Because it’s a landmark, it’s a memorial and, as you can see, we need to add some more names to it. But it’s a memorial and I’d like to see it live downtown.”

 

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