CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An electrical problem has left the West Virginia Veterans Memorial at the Capitol Complex in the dark.
The memorial's floodlights and walkway lights have been out for some time.
According to published reports, Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said that the memorial's electrical panel and circuit appear to be susceptible to rainwater leaking. But it's difficult to determine the problem because the panel is located in a confined space.
She says the Division of General Services plans to hire a contractor to evaluate the problem.
South Charleston resident William Belcher says a parking lot behind the memorial is no longer illuminated because of the problem. He believes that's a safety hazard.
The 69-year-old Air Force veteran also says the darkened memorial is disrespectful to veterans.