Over a decade ago, a veteran’s monument was erected in a memorial park at the Marco Island Cemetery. Recently, the monument underwent renovations, right in time for Memorial Day.
The monument began as an Eagle Scout project by two members who worked hard to raise $20,000. Since veterans assemble at the Marco Island Cemetery for Veterans Day and Memorial Day every year, it was an appropriate location for the monument. The memorial park setting enables descendants of war veterans to remember lost loved ones, and offers an island location to gather and visit. The timing of the restoration project, the week before Memorial Day, couldn’t have been more fitting.
Time itself has caused problems for the monument. But thanks to the continued efforts from veterans and the local community this monument project is being refurbished. Organizations and businesses such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, San Marco Church, Calusa Garden Club, Marco Movies, and Rock Solid have contributed to the monument’s restoration.
The restoration renders the monument hurricane-proof. An in-ground cemented pipe angled away from the monument insures its stability, along with new base molding.
Pavers may be purchased to honor a veteran. For more information on how to get involved or to make a donation, call Church of God 239-394-3469. Watch for further updates on the renovation in upcoming issues.