Published: Apr 23, 2010 8:23 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Iwo Jima sculpture at the foot of the Midpoint bridge has been it's current spot since the late 90's but it's been in Cape Coral for decades.

"It was in worse shape before...for the most part it's repairable," said veteran George Colom.

Over the years, the sculpture has been vandalized and moved. The elements alone have taken their toll. Now Colom says it will cost about 85,000 dollars to refurbish the memorial.

Since it is one of only three Iwo Jima sculptures of its kind by Felix de Weldon, who also did the memorial in Washington, veterans say it deserves to be restored, instead of being replaced.

The project is being done to honor former Marine and Cape Coral resident Craig T. Fuller, who died in Afghanistan a year ago this week. His father was there as the repair plans were discussed.

"It means that Craig's spirit will always be right here. shows the community it hasn't lost sight of what they did for us, the sacrifices people have made," said Gerald Fuller.

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