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."