IMPORTANT: Project Relaunch October 2020

Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest

Our efforts are to preserve and expand the awareness of the how importance of this significant image is to the history of the United States. We are building a new Iwo Jima Monument in the Midwest, honoring the Marines who paid the ultimate sacrifice to retain the values and freedoms we enjoy today.

Your support, along with numerous Services Veterans Groups, Marines and American Companies will insure the success of this endeavor and pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who protect our country every day.

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Introduction

The Marines raising of the US flag over Mount Suribachi was the first foreign flag ever to fly on Japanese soil. The photograph of the flag raising was taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It became an iconic image of not only the battle, but of the War in the Pacific and one of the most reproduced photographs in the world.

In 1951 the US Congress commissioned the building of the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Monument). The worlds largest bronze statue at 100 tons captures the essence of the photograph and preserves its tribute  to Marines who fought in battle from 1775 to Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is with these significant tenants of patriotism and courage that the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project was initiated. With the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the Flag-Raising in 2020 approaching ours efforts are to preserve and expand the awareness of how important our history is in retaining these values identified with the Iwo Jima Memorial. In 36 days of fighting on the 2×4 mile wide island, nearly 7,000 Marines lost their lives and 20,000 were wounded

We are currently working with the support of Veterans Organizations, Veterans Service Office, County and City of Racine Executives, Marine Corps League Members and Veterans of all branches of the services to raise the $4 million dollars needed to complete this 20,000 lb bronze statue. The overall dimensions will be 40% size of the original statue. The 6 Marines will be 2x life size or 13 ft tall, cast in 66 total pieces then seamlessly welded together.

The New Monument will be placed in Pritchard Park, Racine, Wisconsin. The Memorial will be a destination point for visitors throughout the Midwest. Educational trips for schools will be planned along with numerous Veterans support events. Your donations will help “Build, Preserve and Honor” the Marines and Veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

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Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc.

Press Release

July 27, 2020 ----Racine, WI

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project has temporarily put the promotion of the Memorial Statue fundraising on hold until this coming Fall. The Project will still be located at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. with some modifications.                                                                      

The Project was launched on the 23rd of February, the 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising. “Within the next ten days the Covid pandemic hit. We realized that people would be suffering loss of income, jobs and businesses. Everyone’s priorities have shifted. Potential Corporate sponsors advised us that donation commitments would be delayed.” said John Capriotti, Project Director.

The Project will re-launch in late October, 2020 with a new unique fundraising offer. “Donors can opt to receive a free gift-with-donation. Based on the amount donated, they can receive free IJMM embroidered Jackets, Polo's, Sweatshirts, Collector Posters, Mugs, T-Shirts and other unique items being added soon.”  said Capriotti. Special Corporate Donation packages and Commemorative Bricks will be available.

IJMM is revising the size, design and expense of the Iwo Jima/WW2 Monument and devising phases to add additional smaller monuments for Korea/Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. Instead of a single statue, each monument will be comprised of a combination of bronze statues and large Laser-Etched granite panels featuring renowned Combat Artist‘s work of the various conflicts. Designs are in process for the first phase Iwo Jima/WW2 combined memorial.

The objective of providing a memorable, attractive and educational monument will still be reached by the collective group of three  Memorials creating a “Veterans Walk” at Pritchard Park. Each will be built through separate fundraising efforts, one after another.

“During our revision stage the IJMM team is urging potential donors to shift contributions to Veteran aide and support groups actively responding to the needs and services of veterans’ and their families during this pandemic; Notable organizations are the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, and the Veterans Center-Legacy Museum in Racine” said Nicholas Fasulo a Project Official.

Extending the program to include other Memorials, over time, signifies Racine County resident’s commitment to preserve and honor all their Military Veterans.  Many of whom paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms.