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Veterans in Central Ohio Fighting to Keep Veterans Memorial Building

COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- Veterans in Central Ohio are fighting a battle to keep the Veterans Memorial building from possibly being torn down.

The American Legion 12th District, which represents 4500 vets in Franklin county, passed a resolution Wednesday to support the Veterans Memorial Board's plan to renovate and expand the building.

"The proposal by the Veterans Memorial board is one that screams veterans," said Steve Ebersole with the American Legion 12th District.

The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation proposal would demolish and replace it with an interactive museum and amphitheater."

"If we're going to tear that building down that's the worst thing we can do that's the least gratitude we can show," said Retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Vogel.

A spokesperson for the Franklin County Commissioners say they remain in support of the CDDC plan.

Vogel says he plans to use his power of persuasion to change the minds of the Franklin County Commissioners.

"I really think we should all try to cooperate to make the peninsula and make Veterans Memorial something beautiful and something we can all be proud of," said Vogel.

The American Legion 12th District plans to hold a rally September 7th to bring more attention to its efforts to save the building.
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