A Great Start on the Veteran’s Memorial Cleanup

by on July 19, 2009 · 10 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach, Organizing, Veterans

Hey Ragsters, Jim Grant and I were down at the Veteran’s Memorial yesterday to clean.  Here’s the results…

Before and after a little elbow grease...

Before and after a little elbow grease...

Only two people showed up to help clean the marshmallow mess off the veterans memorial.  In the heat of day, we worked for one full hour before calling it quits.  The task is simply too large for two people to complete in a reasonable amount of time.  However, in just one hour, the two of us were able to make quite a noticeable difference in about 20 square feet.  And we learned some good stuff along the way.

First of all, the goop, which now resembles tar, comes up rather easily with just warm water (NO SOAP) a bristle brush, and a scraping tool such as a putty knife.  If we could get about 5 or 6 more volunteers, we could have the whole memorial cleaned up in under an hour.  More information to follow about another planned clean up.  Probably next Saturday.

You can obviously see an extreme difference between what we cleaned, and what the rest of the memorial still looks like.  We even had a few veterans come by and voice their disgust at the condition of the memorial site, and they thanked us for doing something about it.  Although the compliments are appreciated, I/we would much rather have a little extra help.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

jim grant July 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I will go down Monday and chip away at the stuff……I figure in a few hours I can clean a bunch…..One small correction we cleaned about 200 square feet or the size of a good size bedroom…..Saturday we will Git er done with or without help. After we go to South Beach for a couple pitchers of beer on Me. !!!


OBSteven July 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm

What time Monday?


jim grant July 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I will be there at 10 am…..


OBSteven July 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm

My girlfriend and I will be there at 10:01 am. I will also tell my friends. Do we need to bring supplies?


jon July 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm

10am seems to be the go time. I’m gonna draw up some fliers to leave at a couple places around town (VFW hall and others)


jim grant July 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm

10 am saturday is great….like I mentioned I have a great work schedule ( I don’t have one)  I am going down Monday at 10 am to do some more that will give us a head start on Saturday’s work….Supplies: A 5 gallon bucket of hot water….A medium bristle brush on a pole, a paint scraper…..
Jon please continue with any efforts for Saturday…..The work done Monday will not complete the task.


butch July 20, 2009 at 6:26 am

You guys did a great job in the area that you cleaned! What a difference! If I can make it on Saturday, I will be there.


Dave Sparling July 20, 2009 at 10:13 am

Old Hermit, SAC Dave, Reverend Dave, Gitmo Dave and I will be down Saturday. Will spread the word tonight at Drunk Poets.


jim grant July 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Thanks OBSteven and Girlfriend for coming down Monday morning we cleaned a good sized area Any others who can make it saturday thank you as well.
Please if you can bring a 5 gallon bucket filled with hot water and a medium bristle brush on a extension pole. And a 2″ inch paint scraper. If you have a 18″ push broom that will come in handy as well. We got lots of ” atta boys” and thats fine but we should not have to clean up after people in this manner. Please Lets make sure it does not happen again.


Kristin C. July 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

OBSteven’s girlfriend here… we were happy to help out on Monday! And it was nice to meet you, Jim. Unfortunately I can’t make the cleanup tomorrow because it’s at 1 and I have a bridal shower to go to at 2. =( But I will be there in spirit. Hope a lot of folks can show up because it’ll get the job finished that much quicker! If it doesn’t all get done tomorrow, post on here, and we can try to come to another session of scrubbin… =)


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