An Ohio veteran is demanding answers after a donation box for a new veterans memorial was stolen in Colerain Township.
According to WLWT, the box vanished from the Clippard YMCA last week.
“This is the first time that one’s turned up missing,” Army veteran Chris Green said.
Green’s message for the thief is simple.
“Return it. We need it,” he said. “We need it more than you need it.”
Raising funds for a new veterans memorial is a cause close to Green’s heart. He spent seven years in the airborne infantry and wants to recognize ever veteran’s service to our country.
“They all have different stories. They all have different memories and I just want to give this to the veterans for a place to go reflect,” he explained.
The memorial comes with a hefty price tag of $1.6 million, according to WLWT. It will have a clock tower, an honor tribute bell, statues, granite benches and bricks. Since Memorial Day, more than $10,000 has been raised to fund its construction. Still, Green said he won’t let the theft stop him and that he is determined to meet their fundraising goal.
“It’s not going to stop me. I’m going to continue,” he said. “But I’d like to know who took it and have it back.”