The Marco Island Women’s Club (MIWC) donated a park bench to the Veterans Memorial. Members of the club gathered recently at a dedication of the bench. Lee Rubenstein, head of the Veterans Memorial fundraising committee, explained to the women present how a nine-foot-tall bronze American Bald Eagle will sit atop of the Freedom Fountain. Rubenstein is past commander of the local VFW and present commander of the local American Legion branch.
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 fly above the brick paver plaza. The plaza is accented by a planter bench at the center and commemorative benches along the perimeter. This is where the MIWC bench is located.
Lee said, “It is contributions like yours that will help us finish the flag plaza which is part two of the Memorial. The last piece to the puzzle will be the Memorial’s Freedom Fountain. The fountain is a $220,000 project, and we have raised about $115,000 so far. On behalf of the committee, we thank you very much.”
New MIWC President Sharyn Kampmeyer said: “It is an honor for us today, and appropriate we are doing it this week with the Fourth of July. The holiday represents freedom and what all these people who served our country gave their lives for — to give us the life that we have today. So thank you very much.”
Ladies from the club proceeded to CJ’s on the Bay for their monthly luncheon meeting.