"He didn't bat an eye. He said 'how much do you need?' " Stein said.
He returned to the work party with two 50-pound bags of salt.
Another former Ranger, Greg Brown, of Belle, came to the Capitol complex armed with a bottle of Windex to clean smudges from the monument's walls, but started his afternoon's work digging soggy leaves from the grates protecting the memorial's interior spotlights.
"I figured it's a good thing to do on a nice warm day," Brown, 49, said jokingly.
The group worked for about an hour, and afterward Kasey and Monty bought cheeseburgers for some of the JROTC boys at a nearby Wendy's.
There were several problems the band of volunteers could not fix, however.
Nighttime lighting at the monument has been on the blink for months, and the state's Division of General Services isn't sure why. Spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said the division currently is in the process of hiring an architectural and engineering firm to find the problem.
P. Joseph Mullins, the West Virginia sculptor who designed the monument, blames the issues on "structural problems" within state government. He said the veterans' memorial is the "foster child" of the Capitol complex, with several agencies charged with its upkeep but no one very interested in its well being.
Officials contend the monument is not being ignored.
Sue Chapman, business manager for the General Services division, said workers conduct a walkthrough of the area every day as part of their campus-wide sweep, checking for anything that's broken as well as trash and debris.
Chapman said winter weather has prevented workers from cleaning up around the memorial recently, however.
Warner suggested volunteers conduct their own, ad hoc walkthroughs. On Saturday, he asked members to write down their email addresses in a notebook so he could start a new mailing list.
"As you come by here, look. If you think it needs to be cleaned up, send an email to everybody," he said. "No publicity, no organization."