Geiger Brothers recently began work under a contract from the West Virginia General Services Division to renovate the West Virginia Veterans Memorial that sits on the Capitol Complex in Charleston.
An architectural and engineering review conducted in 2013 found electrical and drainage issues, cracked paving stones and failing joints.
The oval monument was closed Memorial Day and Geiger Brothers began work to address the identified issues. The $1.5 million project is to be completed before Veterans Day in November.
The work includes stone and bronze restoration, waterproofing, masonry and plumbing repair, and lighting replacement.
Designed by West Virginia sculptor P. Joseph Mullins, the memorial has four limestone monoliths surrounded by a reflecting pool. Black granite covering the inside walls is etched with the names of more than 10,000 West Virginians who have died in 20th century wars. The outside walls feature four statues, also designed by Mullins, that represent each military branch and major war. Construction of the memorial began in 1990 and was completed in 1999 at a cost of about $4 million.
“I think it is one of the most unique and well-designed war memorials in the nation,” said a representative of the Capitol Building Commission. “It was really thought through and the designer should be congratulated. It is wonderful the state is doing everything it should to make sure it is maintained as it should be.”