Monument Artwork/Artists

Each of the Monuments will feature Combat Art of that specific war (campaign) with an emphasis on highlighting key historical events. There will be 8 individual art panels per side of each monument. Permissions for use of existing artwork images from nine world renowned Combat Artists, the Naval , Army and Marine Corps Museums and images libraries has been obtained.

Most of the WWII 16 selections have been obtained. One side will be the Pacific Campaign and the other the European. Continued searches for additional resources and artist to finalize that design and future Walkway monuments wars are ongoing. These will provide image selections for Korea/Vietnam and the Gulf/Iraq/Afghanistan Wars granite panels..

Artwork selections for the WWII Memorial are in process with artist works on file. Many of their portfolios include illustrations of other Wars that will be used on our next two monuments to be promoted and built to complete the Veterans Memorial’s Walk. As we proceed, efforts to enlist additional artist’ are ongoing to insure the finished designs cover key elements of each war.

Final images will be reviewed for their ability to be transferred to the B&W Laser etching process while still maintaining the integrity and visual impact of the work. Most images will be cropped to fit the vertical 4×8 granite panel spacing.

Artist Credits 

Images used will be credited with the Artist’s name under each image used on the monument panel. Additional Artist information, biographies, examples of works and a web link of their choice added on the Project Website under “Artists Bio’s” tab. . Credits will be applied on all promotional support materials used to raise funds and on all monument brochures or printed matter.

Artists will be allowed to use the “Official Sponsor” RVMW Logo and be mentioned in initial Press Releases and media interviews. Most artists are donating the usage which is tax deductible under the 501c3 project Non-Profit and State of WI Charitable organization guidelines.

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.