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It is a great veterans -- story right in -- -- right in our studio to the immediate left if you watching online right now -- -- friends dot com this is total book.
Is here could ask you right to -- -- the tough -- we've gone -- -- workers are typically a minimalist mileage none on and you know which didn't thank you.
Over -- relentlessly Nightline and you do something incredible for the people of Brooklyn if for the people of this country on veterans day.
What did you discover in walking around Brooklyn about World War II that are.
Well Brian what's interesting is that -- -- from my house is this magnificent memorial that's been closed.
Almost since the time that they opened it up since it was dedicated in 1951.
It's these -- the Brooklyn war memorial and it was built and dedicated to to the people of Brooklyn.
Com and what it really represents is the the people who served the United States during world war two and inside the memorial.
Are the names of over 111000.
People who who were raised in Brooklyn who who died serving in World War II.
And what such a shame is that.
The is this music to the museum in -- the more memorial is not even open to the public can hasn't been for well over.
Thirty plus year.
So it's not open -- knows he's basically a storage area and now he's dead certain shows -- 111000 names up there this is some commissioned by the legendary planner Robert Moses he wanted one in every borrow.
And when it is one of those ideas that he could not get -- But the one that's built in Brooklyn is standing.
-- are getting the recognition so what are you doing about.
-- -- for sale wanna say is is that I don't have any any time for finger pointing so that's so that's out because there's a lot of blame to around everywhere.
Hum what what really -- dedicated to now is is getting the word out there and letting people know not only.
In in New York in the Brooklyn area but all around the world people want to know because what we've done what we did in World War II.
Change how how -- how the world was and there are so many people who I've met.
From different countries who want to see this memorial reopen.
So we're gonna do is.
We were starting you know you've been very nice it is to have pat me on the show and emerges from -- certain small areas.
You know we're just getting the word out they're.
We -- just.
With so early that we just started building our web sites or web site won't be up for another two weeks as they did a big story of the New York Post about it and you big I have so tell us I'm so touched by that -- And the headline is people can't visit the Brooklyn war memorial -- veterans day.
It also would Brooklyn represents -- and right every once from Brooklyn -- some way shape or form you're assuming it's like a human to human states say it's a place it's like a statue of liberty.
For American you're actually right here it is if it does -- As the melting pot of America because everybody from broken was from somebody somewhere else at one timer or another.
You know one of the things is that really -- hit home to me about the importance of this project and this is just yesterday a wife and I went to Gracie Mansion we -- invited.
Mayor Bloomberg was having a Veteran's Day breakfast and we grew who were so on that we're invited to be there and there are about 400 people.
Veterans and their families and politicians -- meeting.
And ended the mayor and elected officials were just genuinely saying thank you and these veterans were so touch is genuinely -- because the the sense was sincere.
And all I kept thinking to myself was we had this magnificent memorial that is empty it's veterans day and -- -- -- is going to be is empty and it will continue to be empty unless we do something about.
I see you go go to this wouldn't get a listing of their race -- when your sights set up and cinnamon over to you -- go to -- of friends.
At Fox News -- come killing of French is saying hey I wanna help -- -- We gonna give -- get your name wherever your listing across the country around the world did you name to told -- Toby and reach out to them.
And well hopefully get some momentum behind this.
To be able to do -- I'm also amazed two by Robert Moses is always thinking like he goes to get Eddie literally designed the borrows yeah he designed the bridges of -- Alan and the and the roadways.
That's when people actually had power in politics almost too much power.
But he had a -- there and look to see this come to -- is there room for example for people to be able to come DC the potential -- in the real estate that surrounds the memorial.
Absolutely well that's that's a big part of -- so on target this is exactly how we got started because there's this beautiful park that's around that and -- we kept thinking.
In the grounds need to be taking care of the grounds -- -- care now and so that's how we initially started then we discover the building might start saying to some of our neighbors.
You know we have a World War II memorial across the street from our house and I said now and I found that that's I have five neighbors who all served in World War II.
And so that's really how it gets started.
And this web site.
And I had to say real quick we mentioned this mrs.
quickly before we went on the air is that Larry gallon so the logo on my computer in the audio -- says what's that all about this Brooklyn.
Oh -- -- two memorial restoration project.
And he said looks like an opportunity for a -- -- right on and so as soon as people see it.
And and everybody gets excited and I think I think we're gonna make a big difference I think that opens more I think they were gonna do it not.
You are gonna do it purity -- -- well anyway what you get people behind you especially veterans today I think finally give them the respect they deserve -- -- -- but with they've done over the last ten years.
Was -- front and center and all that Vietnam problem is done.
Right now -- go -- reaching back and correcting them I think Tom brokaw's book.
The greatest generation really put clarified things.
But I'm also thinking about you can get a Dennis Miller bill Reilly go there you get a little debate happening there and a free concert the park with the memorial to benefit.
And the -- -- is in decent shape.
And the minimum the memorial is and isn't these shipments not air conditioned.
There aren't handicapped -- there -- bathrooms -- public bathrooms.
You actually have -- leave the memorial and go down and around the back to go to a about term.
But it but these are minor things that -- schedules a potential is -- a huge -- a lot of good quality stuff on veterans -- told is doing if it's over the pesky thanks so much.
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