Monument to the Fallen Fundraiser Drive Kicks Off
The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery (CCNC) in Mims, FL opened five years ago. Soon there will be 10,000 veterans and spouses interred there in honored rest. Although relatively few have been to the site, there is a very special Memorial Path lined with shade trees in a beautiful area near the Columbarium and Wall of Honor. Besides a place to reflect and share memories with family members, the Memorial Path is also designed to permit special monuments with carefully and tastefully crafted restrictions to be built with non-government funds.
By December 2020, four such monuments were installed to honor specific service such as the Seabees and Korean War.
There is one yet missing: A Monument to Honor the Fallen in all wars and military related service. In January 2019 a year long process to get CCNC, VA Regional and finally national approval for such a monument began. One year later, this month a fund raising and fabrication project was launched with a goal of possible dedication at the May 30, 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony at the CCNC. Within less than two weeks, over $5000 of funds and in kind support was raised with a total of $18,500 needed to complete the mission.
The Companies involved who have offered discounts are:
Bronze: American Bronze of Stanford FL
Granite: Rudyz Granite of Brevard FL
Granite Engraving: CSpray Engraving of Cocoa, FL
The Monument Measures 34 wide x 22 in Deep x 24 in high in front 30 in high in rear. It will be a beautiful addition to the Memorial Path when completed. It will also be a permanent Marker to reflect the Honor and Sacrifice of those who have and will pay the ultimate price of freedom. According to CCNC records as of early December 2020, there are veterans resting at the new cemetery who have been killed in action in recent conflicts, but this will sadly likely change in the months and years ahead now that East Central Florida has its one National Cemetery. CCNC serves five counties and supports families from all over the country who chose to have their veteran and veteran spouse loved ones interred there.
The project is a community effort coordinated by two Gold Star Parents — Donn and Jeanne Weaver (757-871-6576). Their son 1LT Todd W. Weaver was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Sep 9, 2010. He rests in Section 60 of the Arlington National Cemetery, but families of our future fallen heroes now have the option to keep their loved ones memory close at the CCNC. The Monument to the Fallen will forever serve as a reminder of the ultimate price of freedom which all veterans risk, and which some will pay.