We’re proud to announce that the 138,000-member National Association for Uniformed Services has endorsed our efforts to save, rehabilitate and reopen the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.
NAUS is a nationwide veterans organization, founded in 1968 to advocate for veterans and to protect their benefits and those earned by those now in uniform.
“The Right Thing to Do”
In a letter to the Friends of the Natatorium, the association’s president and CEO, retired Marine lieutenant general Jack W. Klimp, called on government leaders in Honolulu and Hawaii “to look beyond the years of neglect and inactivity.” He urged them to adopt “a proactive position” to preserve the Natatorium, Hawaii’s official state memorial to more than 10,000 men and women from the islands who volunteered for service in World War I.
“Rehabilitation of the Natatorium for use by all is the right thing to do and now is the right time to do it,” Klimp wrote.
“We believe the Natatorium should and must be reopened and experienced again as a place of remembrance, reverence and recreation, as those who came before us intended,” Klimp wrote. “Any other course of action would be a failure of honor and an insult to the memory of our military warriors.”
Read the NAUS Endorsement
You can read the entire NAUS endorsement letter here.
Mahalo to our friends and new allies at NAUS for their dedication to veterans and service members, and for their support of the Natatorium.