The state Capitol Building Commission gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a $1.6 million restoration of the West Virginia Veterans Memorial.
Commission members also approved plans to put a new roofing material on the flat portion of the state Capitol's roof.
The Veterans Memorial -- designed by sculptor Joe Mullins and completed in 1999 at a cost of $4 million -- has fallen into disrepair. Upgrades include a new lighting system, water drains, handrails and paving stones.
The memorial is engraved with the names of more than 10,000 West Virginians killed in combat.
"I think it's appropriate that on the week of Veterans Day, we're talking about the Veterans Memorial," said Steve Canterbury, a commission member and Supreme Court administrator. "I'm very impressed with all the detail work."
Morgantown-based Mills Group recently completed an architectural and engineering review of the Veterans Memorial -- located on the state Capitol campus near Greenbrier Street.
The firm's owner, Michael Mills, told commission members that the upgrades would improve the memorial's aesthetics and fix safety hazards. Mills said his firm talked with Mullins, the memorial's designer, amid the review.
"It's a sprucing up or restoration of a 20-year-old structure on the Capitol grounds," Mills said.
Mills said the memorial's reflecting pools will be lighted after the restoration.