World War II Minority Memorial Obscured by Vending Opportunity Second Time Since March 2018 Update: OnCenter Responds

It has been brought to our attention that the World War II Minority War Memorial has been obscured by placing a vending operation in front of the names. This monument memorializes local minorities who served in several armed conflicts. There are names of those who served along with the branch of armed forced they belonged.

This is the second time that the World War II Minority War Memorial in the OnCenter has been obscured by a vending opportunity.

We called on Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney to take immediate action to rectify this blatant display of disrespect to those minority Veterans who served this country. This last occurred in March 2018 at the time, swift action was taken to remove the obstruction from the Memorial. The public was also assured that this would not happen again. Today it happened again.

This should never have been allowed, and it must not be allowed to continue. The vendor must be relocated. It is apparent that this is going to be an ongoing challenge.

Speaking with a local Veteran’s group it was noted that, “This is not the first time the OnCenter/War Memorial management has disrespected the monuments.”

OnCenter Management Responds to Urban CNY News

On Tuesday October 2nd received a letter from OnCenter management regarding the situation involving the World War II Minority War memorial in the OnCenter being obscured by vendors during events. The following is text of the letter.

Mr. Jackson,

My name is Matt Hollander and I am the General Manager for SMG at the Oncenter.  I started in this capacity in June, so I am relatively new to the operation and to the area. It was brought to my attention that we had set up a concession operation in front of the Minority Veteran Memorial at a recent event.  I have also come to learn that this was not the first time this has happened.  I am reaching out to extend my sincere apologies.  We should not have obscured the view of or access to this very important tribute.  I offer no excuses as we should have been far more careful in our placement of our concession operations.

Please accept my most sincere apology along with my commitment that this will not happen again in the future.  I have spoken to my concessions team, many of whom are also new, and have expressed the significance of this memorial and given instructions that we are not to set up in front of the display in the future.  You can expect not to see my team or our equipment set up in this area again.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  It is my goal to ensure that the SMG team is engaged at all times in a cooperative relationship with our veteran community.  I encourage you to reach out to me directly if you ever feel that we are falling short of that goal.


Matt Hollander
Matt Hollander, CVE
General Manager