Racine Veterans Memorial Walk

The Racine Veterans Memorial Walk  Project is dedicated to preserving and honoring the brave men and women Veterans who devoted their all to fighting for our rights and freedoms. 

A series of three Veterans Monuments will be built.  Featuring larger than life Combat Art scenes from renowned US and European Artists. Designs will depict impactful images dedicated to WW2, Korea/Vietnam and the Gulf-Afghanistan/Iraq wars. Additional educational elements and Veteran presentations will be developed for schools as part of the project.

Community support and donations, along with local Business Sponsorship’s and Veterans group participation,  will insure the success of the Memorial Projects. It will provide an Honorable tribute to Veterans who paid the price, sometimes with their lives, to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

 

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Introduction

The original Veterans Monument program was launched as the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc. (IJMM) on February 23rd, 2020. The design of the monument was a twenty-thousand pound Iwo Jima Statue of the flag raising  This was a four year multi-million dollar project. Ten days after the launch, the Corona Virus pandemic hit the country.

Example-Lannon Stone Base-Endcaps
Springboro, OH Veterans Monument

Over the past year our Team has worked to create new, less costly memorial concepts. These in effect, will create an even more impactful and attractive series of monuments that surpass the original single statue project. The objective of providing a memorable, attractive and educational monument will still be reached by the collective group of three Memorials creating the “Racine Veterans Memorial Walk” at Pritchard Park, Racine, WI. Each will be built, through separate fundraising efforts, one after another.

Initial new monument designs are comprised of a double-sided 32 foot long, 10 ft. high series of 8 Black Granite Panels per side, with Laser Etched Combat Art of the era. A Bronze Relief 4×4’ will then be incorporated into the layout. There are considerations for shifting the design to one sided 16 panels or 64 feet of panels and 3 foot endcaps for a total of 70 feet long.

The first monument will be World War II, with one side depicting the Pacific Battles and the other the European Campaign. We have commitments from ten renowned National and International Combat Artists or their Estates to use their artwork.

After completion of the WWII Monument, the Project will advance to raise funds for the Korea/Vietnam Memorial and then Gulf-Iraq/Afghanistan. Art will be selected from works that are of each individual war. The same design of multi, two-sided granite etched panels and a bronze relief will be consistent for each Monument.

Extending the program to include the other Memorials, over time, signifies Racine County resident’s commitment to preserve and honor all their military Veterans. Many of whom paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedoms

 

 Example- Multi facing Laser Etched Panels. Missouri Military Monument

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Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc.

Press Release

July 27, 2020 ----Racine, WI

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project has temporarily put the promotion of the Memorial Statue fundraising on hold until this coming Fall. The Project will still be located at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. with some modifications.                                                                      

The Project was launched on the 23rd of February, the 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising. “Within the next ten days the Covid pandemic hit. We realized that people would be suffering loss of income, jobs and businesses. Everyone’s priorities have shifted. Potential Corporate sponsors advised us that donation commitments would be delayed.” said John Capriotti, Project Director.

The Project will re-launch in late October, 2020 with a new unique fundraising offer. “Donors can opt to receive a free gift-with-donation. Based on the amount donated, they can receive free IJMM embroidered Jackets, Polo's, Sweatshirts, Collector Posters, Mugs, T-Shirts and other unique items being added soon.”  said Capriotti. Special Corporate Donation packages and Commemorative Bricks will be available.

IJMM is revising the size, design and expense of the Iwo Jima/WW2 Monument and devising phases to add additional smaller monuments for Korea/Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. Instead of a single statue, each monument will be comprised of a combination of bronze statues and large Laser-Etched granite panels featuring renowned Combat Artist‘s work of the various conflicts. Designs are in process for the first phase Iwo Jima/WW2 combined memorial.

The objective of providing a memorable, attractive and educational monument will still be reached by the collective group of three  Memorials creating a “Veterans Walk” at Pritchard Park. Each will be built through separate fundraising efforts, one after another.

“During our revision stage the IJMM team is urging potential donors to shift contributions to Veteran aide and support groups actively responding to the needs and services of veterans’ and their families during this pandemic; Notable organizations are the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, and the Veterans Center-Legacy Museum in Racine” said Nicholas Fasulo a Project Official.

Extending the program to include other Memorials, over time, signifies Racine County resident’s commitment to preserve and honor all their Military Veterans.  Many of whom paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms.