Highland Park — The giant American flag that flaps over the veterans memorial at Figueroa Street and York Boulevard is an impressive sight. But at ground level, the memorial is not so inspiring, with a large fountain at the center sitting broken and empty.

But now the city is moving ahead with the latest effort to revive and beautify this tribute to the nation’s veterans.

The City City on Tuesday approved a motion by Councilman Gil Cedillo to transfer $50,000 needed to repair and restore the fountain, which serves as the base of the flag pole that rises about the triangular traffic island. “This effort is of special benefit for the residents of the City and for CD-I and deserves financial assistance from the City,” says the motion.

The broken fountain at the center of Highland Park Veterans Square

The fountain fix is the most recent attempt to beautify what some have called Veterans Square. Over the years the memorial has become a haven for the homeless. Trash and litter are frequently strewn across the site.

In November, veterans who gathered at the square on Veterans Day complained about the vandalism and decay. “Is this how we’re going to pay our veterans back? By the filth and the dirtiness?” Rosa Rivas told ABC7.

Councilman Cedillo told the station that repairs could be completed as soon as next February — now only two months away.

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