Published: May 02, 2011 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: May 02, 2011 6:23 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It couldn't have happened on a more poignant day, a veteran's group in Marco Island break ground on a new park honoring soldiers.

Seven years in the making and over $160,000 in donations, Veteran's Memorial Park finally breaks ground in Marco. Dozens of vets from at far back as World War II attended the ceremony, celebrating more than just the park.

"Yesterday, a daring raid on a compound outside Islamabad, American troops took out Osama Bin Laden," VFW Commander Lee Rubenstein told a crowd gathered for the ceremony. The words barely left his lips when everyone then broke into applauds and yelling.

Rubenstein, an organizer for the park, says he couldn't have planned the day any better.

The dedication for the park will be on another important day in history, a day that happens only once every 100 years; November 11, 2011 at 11 a.m.

To watch the entire groundbreaking ceremony go to To donate to the park with a brick or bench dedication contact Patty with the City of Marco Island Park and Recreation Department at (239) 389-5035.