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Honor Roll Defacement Arouses Residents of Flatlands Section

Residents in the area of Flatbush and Nostrand Aves. have become aroused over the obliteration of 100 names of service men from a neighborhood honor roll— but quick repairs were in prospect today.

The plaque at 1544 Flatbush Ave., in the Flatlands section, contains 600 names. According to a letter to the Brooklyn Eagle signed by the initials J.B.C., the names at the bottom of the roll have been erased by children’s feet and the scraping of their bicycles and wagons.

“J.B.C.” wrote: “The condition of this sign is a disgrace to our armed forces. The Flatlands Civic Association has enough money for the upkeep of the sign.”

The situation will be remediated it was indicated today, by action of the Flatlands Post, American Legion, in offering to have the plaque transferred to its building at 2295 Nostrand Ave.

Franklin B. Horbett, president of the Flatlands Civic Association, with headquarters at 2915 Glenwood Road, promptly explained his organization is aware that the honor roll is in disrepair.

“About two months ago,” he said, “we approached the Flatbush Savings Bank— you see the honor roll is on bank property— and told them we planned to renovate the plaque.

“We didn’t have funds , as the man who wrote the letter said, be we planned to raise them. The bank officials, however, told us it would be a waste of money because the bank expects to build an extension in August or September.

“It is a pity a policeman could not have been stationed near by to keep offenders from destroying the plaque but that was out of the question, and what could we do?

“We feel as badly as any one else about this situation. It is disgraceful.”

He futher explained that the Flatlands Post may consent to have the honor roll transferrable to its building. “If the post does, we will move the plaque,” he said.

The 190 names almost obliterated from the honor roll are those that had been added at the bottom of the original plaque, coming in the danger zone of children’s feet and their toys.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 6, 1945

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