CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Thousands of men and women from across the nation served in the Iraq war. Now, one Cape Coral group is determined to honor those heroes with a special monument. It would sit at Eco park near the midpoint bridge.
As Old Glory flies, visitors come to this site to remember and reflect.
Two of them are sisters, honoring their father. "They walked the line for us every night so we can wake up free in the morning."
It's here that mayor John Sullivan is pushing for an Iraq War monument, to join the iconic Iwo Jima statue.
"We owe these folks a great deal for what they've done for this country," said Mayor John Sullivan.
One of them is Peter Sands. Sands served in the Iraq war and is one of about ten people in the Iraq War Monument Group. "Our men and woman in service and in uniform give up a lot for their country. And in Iraq there's no exception," said Sands.
Jerry Peterson is a Vietnam veteran. "I think it will be very exciting, because this will also help Cape Coral get on the map," he said.
It's too early to tell what the monument will look like. But the mayor hopes to have school children come up with the design. The Cape Coral Community Foundation is managing the funds.
"We'd like to get between 35 and $40,000 to start. We do not think we'll need any more at this time," said Sands.
Right now they have $1000 saved up. The group hopes to start construction on their new memorial by this time next year.
For more information visit this website http://iraqwarmonumentcapecoralfl.com/home
You can send a donation to the:
Cape Coral Community Foundation
(reference: The Iraq Monument)
4729 Vincennes Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33904