Monument Location

Preliminary approval from leaders on the Racine County Board have confirmed providing the  land for the Monument and subsequent landscaping at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. The Park is located 8 miles or 20 minutes from the busy I-94 Freeway corridor that runs between Chicago (90 minutes) and Milwaukee, Wi (35 Minutes) and 6 miles or 15 minutes from Lake Michigan.

Racine’s Existing Veterans Monuments

There are a few small Veterans monuments at local cemeteries, mostly plaques on rocks dedicated to early Civil War and WW1 events. Racine’s City Hall has a small plaque and bricked Red Log arrow tribute to the 32nd Red Arrow Division.

The main Veterans Memorial, dedicated 28 years ago in 1993, with a few additional plaques added later, is located at Pritchard County Park. A generous brick design and supporting plaque pedestal, with flag poles are the feature elements. Placed in the surrounding area are a few small memorial tributes, bust mostly commemorative plaques on boulders -all from various Wars.

As honorable as the existing Monument is…considering the growth and size of Racine, now is the time to build a more impactful and visitor friendly Veterans experience. The location of the Racine Veterans Memorial Walk will be incorporated into the existing monuments placements making one cohesive design.

Monuments Location

Preliminary approval from leaders on the Racine County Board have confirmed providing the  land for the Racine Veterans Memorial Walk and subsequent landscaping/parking at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. The Park is located 8 miles or 20 minutes from the busy I-94 Freeway corridor that runs between Chicago (90 minutes) and Milwaukee, Wi (35 Minutes) and 6 miles or 15 minutes from Lake Michigan.

The beautiful 79 acre Park has most recently become a tourist and recreational destination with the building of the SC Johnson Aquatic Center in 2018.  Three new Multi-million dollar Sports Fields have recently been approved to continue construction in 2021.

The Park has had the unprecedented notoriety of hosting the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial on three separate years. The Wall is a traveling 50% size reproduction of the original in Washington, DC. The RVMW Project will preserve and incorporate the existing Veterans Memorials into the overall walk experience.

The commitment and support of the County Board will enhance the success of expediting the project and identifying the RVMW as part of making Racine County a Vacation destination. Local area Veterans and Civic organizations will use the location for Entertainment and Dedication ceremonies.

School visits and tours, with supporting educational materials, will be developed to provide a true “Veterans Historical and Honor Experience” for the children.

Park Considerations

As the fundraising is underway for the first monument, the Project will be constantly reviewing and updating location requirements and details. Considerations for electrical Grid tie-ins for lighting, maintenance, insurance and security will be addressed.

The Project will work with the Racine County Parks Department to ensure all location building, land preparation and landscaping meet all required specifications and approvals. Their assistance and expertise provides an immeasurable value to the final monument walk experience.

 

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.