|Published:||Jun 01, 2010 2:17 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 31, 2010 4:14 PM EDT|
Cape Coral has a new statue to honor service members. A crowd of up to 1300 people gathered at Veteran's Park to watch the unveiling of "Tribute to a Soldier."
"I am so proud to see so many people here. It touches my heart," said Rudy Diaz, one of the men who carried the statue from dream to reality.
"I was a small boy in France, and the Americans liberated my country from the Nazi's. That is partly why I like this statue -- a solider saluting the flag, with a boy next to him, also saluting," said Diaz.
He and 3 other men raised more than 50-thousand dollars for the statue. It stands about 50 yards from the Iwo Jima replica at the park.
"I am so touched by this. I have a son in Iraq. It means so much to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform," said Joan Frees of Cape Coral.
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