The city and state announcement last week that they want to raze the Natatorium was a kick in the gut to supporters of the War Memorial.
One of them is Mo Radke, 30-year Navy veteran, former command master chief of the Pacific Fleet and now a board member of Friends of the Natatorium. The roots of Mo’s disappointment are in his deep respect for those who preceded him in our nation’s service. He has now written about that respect, and that disappointment, in “Honor, Courage and Commitment,” an opinion piece for Honolulu Civil Beat.
“I have a granddaughter who is 1 month old,” Mo wrote. “When she grows up and learns her history, what is she going of think of me and my generation, people who can so offhandedly dismiss the heroism and service of men and women who died to protect the islands we live on?”
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Read Mo’s piece, and feel free to comment here on this page, or on Civil Beat, telling us how you feel.