In short, a local American Legion hall collapsed Sunday night, suffering from old age as so many buildings are.
Sad story. But what threw me was this quote from one of the Legion members ...It took only a few seconds around suppertime on Sunday
for decades of tradition and history to crash into rubble
along Main Street in Burlington Junction.
"We knew it was going to happen, we just didn't know when."
Deeper in the news story, there's another gem of a reporting.
Why the heck were these guys still using the building!?While on his way to Shenandoah, Iowa, around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Bragg said he noticed that a section of brickwork, perhaps six feet by ten feet, had crumbled away from the structure's east wall. He didn't think much about it and went on his way.
Why weren't they repairing it!?
Why weren't they gathering up all of their history and memorabilia and putting it somewhere for safe keeping!?