Standing 9-feet tall, the majestic 800-pound statue of an American Bald Eagle stands sentry there awaiting a move to its eventual home atop the Freedom Fountain that will grace the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park.
The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA flags proudly wave above an inscribed brick-paver plaza. The plaza is accented by a planter bench at the center and commemorative benches along the perimeter.
A large portion for the cost of the Flag Plaza was contributed by Marco Island residents Bob and Thelma Sargent, while contributions from Mike and Jill Havey of Marco helped secure the eagle.
Funds still are being raised for the Freedom Fountain, with a goal of having it installed by year’s end. Residents, visitors, local organizations and businesses are all able to donate by purchasing commemorative pavers or lines on the fountain. Plans and artist’s renderings of the fountain are on display at City Hall and Mackle Park.
Donation forms to help complete one of Southwest Florida’s most beautiful and inspirational Veteran’s Memorials are available at Mackle Park, city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, or by contacting Patty Mastronardi at 239-389-5035 or Lee Rubenstein at 239-564-9894.
For online information about donating to the fountain or purchasing pavers visit: www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=367.
All donations are tax deductible.