Years in the making, Bonita veterans memorial wall arrives in Riverside Park

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- Rick Ruel, of Bonita Springs, cleans the final section of  granite on a 26,000-pound veterans memorial in Riverside Park on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Bonita Springs. The granite monument will be formally dedicated on Nov. 11 at 1pm.

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David Albers/Staff - Rick Ruel, of Bonita Springs, cleans the final section of granite on a 26,000-pound veterans memorial in Riverside Park on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Bonita Springs. The granite monument will be formally dedicated on Nov. 11 at 1pm.

BONITA SPRINGS _ For those who have worked on the Bonita Springs veterans memorial project for years, it was a day to remember.

Sections of the polished 12-foot-wide, 13-ton black granite wall were lowered Wednesday into their gray base at Riverside Park.

The Bonita Springs Veterans Advisory Committee, which initiated the project in 2009, helped raise nearly $90,000 for the monument. Plans call for its placement among landscaping and low-voltage lighting along a brick paver sidewalk at the southwest corner of the park, near the intersection of Front and Childers streets.

The formal dedication is scheduled for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

One side of the memorial bears the image of three servicemen with the legend "No One Left Behind" along with the seals of the six service branches. The reverse side will bear the names of those who contribute at least $1,000 toward the memorial project.

"It has been a labor of love," said David Grossi, chairman of the Veterans Advisory Committee, in a statement. "The Veterans Advisory Committee has put so much time and effort into not only raising funds for the project, but has worked so diligently on the concept and design of the memorial as well.

"It is something every veteran, active duty serviceman or woman — indeed every resident of Bonita — can be proud of."

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themarcocat writes:

Senate Republicans gave the finger to Veterans and blocked the "Jobs Bill For Veterans" yesterday. What a disgrace ! Do not elect a Republican from California to represent Florida in the US Senate http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09...

tiedyeted writes:

Over the years I've been coming to grips with the shame I felt when I came back from Vietnam. If you're old enough, you remember how we were treated...drafted then ostracized for serving.
I was planning on going to this memorial to honor my brothers and sisters who fell...
But I read in the story their names aren't on the memorial. They are replaced by "the names of those who contribute at least $1,000 toward the memorial project."
I guess some people feel badly that they couldn't make it to the parade on Memorial Day.

cozyboy writes:

in response to tiedyeted:

Over the years I've been coming to grips with the shame I felt when I came back from Vietnam. If you're old enough, you remember how we were treated...drafted then ostracized for serving.
I was planning on going to this memorial to honor my brothers and sisters who fell...
But I read in the story their names aren't on the memorial. They are replaced by "the names of those who contribute at least $1,000 toward the memorial project."
I guess some people feel badly that they couldn't make it to the parade on Memorial Day.

Thank you for your service

QueBonita writes:

in response to tiedyeted:

Over the years I've been coming to grips with the shame I felt when I came back from Vietnam. If you're old enough, you remember how we were treated...drafted then ostracized for serving.
I was planning on going to this memorial to honor my brothers and sisters who fell...
But I read in the story their names aren't on the memorial. They are replaced by "the names of those who contribute at least $1,000 toward the memorial project."
I guess some people feel badly that they couldn't make it to the parade on Memorial Day.

Because I was in college, I remained Stateside.
We regularly marched and got tear-gassed in demontrations to bring our friends home from the "Direct military intervention" in Vietnam.
Unfortunately "Operation Enduring Freedom" (2,000 casualties) is appearing more and more like "Direct military intervention" (58,000 casualties)

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to cozyboy:

Thank you for your service

Saadly, the members of our Greatest Generation are leaving when our country that they fought for is in such disarray.

Can you imagine the hue and cry when rationing, reduction on ANY benefits, and restrictions on our freedoms take place if we get four more years, eh?

Hurry NOvember!

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