JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Vietnam War Monument sits forgotten in the shadow of the abandoned county courthouse.
Local veterans said the marker is as neglected as the building itself.
"What's a little bit of maintenance once a week?" said Vietnam veteran Les Bertrand.
Bertrand said requests to Public Works to clean the area went unanswered so he took action.
"We had five or six guys out here working with lawnmowers, shovels, rakes and hoes. We got rid of all the old shrubs and covered all the old grass and everything," he said.
Action News obtained pictures taken before the cleanup, showing the monument buried between overgrown plants. How it looked after the cleanup didn't remain when we showed up Wednesday. Trash continues to be a problem.
"When those complaints were made last year, within two days, a previously scheduled Public Works cleanup was made there," said Jacksonville spokesman David DeCamp.
Veterans want the monument moved to a more prominent location. We’ve learned of two possible options. Evergreen Cemetery has offered to maintain and house it at no cost to the taxpayers. The Veterans Memorial Wall is also being considered, but it's not the city's No. 1 choice.
"The Veterans Memorial Wall already represents the veterans of Vietnam but also other wars of World War I, so we want to be respectful of that location, too," said DeCamp.
Because the monument is currently at the old courthouse, some said it would only make sense to move it to the new courthouse. Action News has learned that option isn't even on the table.
The Public Works Department is now examining what steps must be taken to safely move the monument and the flame.