MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - As you walk the grounds of Marco Island's Veterans' Memorial, you realize it's not just a project. It's personal.
"I served in the Army from 1965 to '68," said Lee Rubenstein, the Chairman of the Veterans' Memorial Fundraising Committee.
The dream of bringing a one-of-a-kind memorial to the island is almost a reality. The first phase of the memorial, which is located just off Bald Eagle Dr. was dedicated in November of 2011. Now it's time for phase two.
The second phase will include a fountain along with extra benches. All of them will have the names of veterans and families who donate.
"The fountain will be approximately 26 feet wide and 15 to 16 feet high," Rubenstein said.
The original plan began in 2004. It's all funded through private donations.
"It will be a place where people can come and sit and reflect on the past," Rubenstein said.
Carole Roberts sits on the bench with her father's name engraved.
"He was a prisoner of war, he went on 50 missions in World War II," Roberts said of her father Abe, "it would mean so much to him to know that Marco Island had this entire memorial."
The committee hopes to build and dedicate phase two of the memorial next year. If you would like to donate to the cause you can visit the city of Marco Island's website at http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=367