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Florence Veterans Park Committee receives $ 250,000 grant for new monument

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – The Florence City and Veterans Park Committee received a grant of $ 250,000 from Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation.

The grant supports a Memorial to “The Greatest Generation” monument which is intended as an addition to the Florence Veterans Park to honor the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.

The Florence City Veterans Park Committee applied for the grant with the desire to recognize the service of WWII veterans. Thanks to Drs. The Bruce & Lee Foundation, a large bronze monument depicting a young serviceman after the battle is over, will be added to the park.

The monument will feature a wall damaged by artillery which became the most peaceful place the young serviceman could find to write a quick letter at home to the parents of a deceased friend.

The contrast between the brutal violence of all-out war and the quiet, fragile, humane human expression of grief and care is both stark and powerful – a fitting tribute to our WWII veterans.

The monument will be sculpted by Alex Palkovich. As with much of his work, the goal of this monument is to create an original, dynamic and emotional composition.

Palkovich enthusiastically accepted the challenge of creating another inspiring bronze piece for the Florence Veterans Park, which will complement his other bronze sculptures already in the park, including the eagle at the top.
the parks hosting the obelisk, as well as the Home Safe and Along With Memories monuments.