Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be relocated to Eco Park
Donations sought for site work preparation projects
The Veterans Midpoint Memorial Charitable Trust Inc. announced today that plans are under way to move the Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial, now located in Fort Myers, to the veterans area in Eco Park in Cape Coral.
The memorial was originally dedicated in 2008 on McGregor Boulevard at Colonial Boulevard by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 594. It represents 80 veterans from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties who were killed in action during the Vietnam War. With the ever-growing population here in Lee County, several proposals for road improvements or highway expansion in that area threaten the limited parking at the current Fort Myers site.
The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department has generously offered an Eco Park site near the famous Felix de Weldon Iwo Jima Statue, Purple Heart Memorial, Iraq monument, Merchant Marine Memorial, to name a few, with security, parking, facilities and a pavilion for veterans ceremonies.
The Gunterberg Foundation and The Brotherhood of Heroes Resource Center and Museum, 4522 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, are sponsoring a large portion of the costs for moving the memorial. Donations are needed for site work, brick work, benches, sidewalks and landscaping to complete this important project.
Please send donations to: VMMCT, PO Box 153020, Cape Coral, FL 33915 or go to any Fifth Third Bank to make your donation to The Veterans Midpoint Memorial Charitable Trust Account, a 501-C3 tax deductible organization.
Ground-breaking ceremonies will be announced after Veteran’s Day and the dedication is planned for March 27, 2021, the weekend of Vietnam Veterans Day.