In 1987, then-Gov. Arch Moore appointed a commission to build a Veterans Memorial Plaza and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Moore knew firsthand what soldiers face, having been left for dead for two days in a beet field in Germany after the Nazis killed 33 of the 36 men in his platoon in World War II.
Completed in 1999, the veterans memorial at the state Capitol complex honors more than 10,000 West Virginians who died defending the United States.
Mills Group LLC, an engineering firm based in Morgantown, determined in February that the electrical system of the memorial is shot, the lighting fixtures have failed, and the filtration system for the reflecting pool needs significant repair.
All this should be fixed. After all, more than 10,000 West Virginian paid for this memorial with their blood.
West Virginians have always been among the first to volunteer to defend America. They know the depth of the sacrifices family members have made.
Keeping the memorial squared away, with lights and a clean reflecting pool that work, is the least taxpayers can do.