Veteran’s Memorial renovation continues this weekend
The Cape Coral Veteran’s Memorial Monument will undergo another phase of its renovation with a city scheduled pressure washing taking place Sunday morning.
ACRA Electric, Inc. President Robert Greco said he was informed that the pressure washing would begin at 6 a.m.
In addition, Waltzing Waters has ordered parts for the fountain — new pumps, lights and controls; the City of Cape Coral has trimmed the landscaping around the fountain to allow for work to continue and light fixtures, color changing LED lighting, have been ordered for uplifting the monument.
Greco said he also has received the medallion proofs, which will include two of each branch of the military, for instalation on the monument. The installation of the new medallions is expected to take place the morning of July 4, before the city’s street party, Red White & BOOM.
The monument, which was inspired during a Rotary meeting in 1967 during the Vietnam War, is undergoing a renovation for the 50th anniversary of the City of Cape Coral.
A permit was issued by the Lee County Commissioners on Sept. 4, 1968 for the construction of the Memorial Marker. Contributions then reached the $5,000 goal. A few months later, on Dec. 7, the ground was broken for the project.
The Memorial Marker was dedicated on May 3, 1969, “Loyalty Day.”
In the fall of 1999, Rotarian Alan Gray approached ACRA Electric, Inc. to light the monument. From there Carolyn Conant became involved with her group “Greenscape,” which turned into a complete renovation of the median. The renovation included new landscaping, moving of street lights and permanent power to the median. In addition Aqua Pools donated the fountain basin, Mike Prystowick from Waltzing Waters donated the fountain and ACRA donated four 1,000 watt metal halide lights with wiring and installation.
The monument was rededicated in 2000 on Veterans Day.