Monument Location

Preliminary approval from leaders on the Racine County Board have confirmed providing the  land for the Monument and subsequent landscaping at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. The Park is located 8 miles or 20 minutes from the busy I-94 Freeway corridor that runs between Chicago (90 minutes) and Milwaukee, Wi (35 Minutes) and 6 miles or 15 minutes from Lake Michigan.

The beautiful 79 acre Park has most recently become a tourist and recreational destination with the building of the SC Johnson Aquatic Center in 2018.  Three new Multi-million dollar Sports fields and complex have recently been approved to begin construction in 2019. The Park has some Veterans flag and plaque monuments in place. However, long term County plans may explore additional monuments and tributes to Veterans.

The Park has had the unprecedented notoriety of hosting the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial on three separate years. The Wall is a traveling 50% size reproduction of the original in Washington, DC.

Planning and reviews of the Pritchard Park specific location and other consideration are being reviewed with the County Board. Their commitment and support will enhance the success of expediting the project and identifying the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest as part of making Racine County a Vacation destination with National recognition in that the Memorial is the first in the country to accurately portray the true flag-raisers in the Rosenthal photograph.

Park Considerations

The IJMM Project will explore exact location placement a the Park with the guidance of the Racine County Board. Strong road visibility, easy access and parking are priorities. The preliminary selected location would be the Park area in front of existing Veterans Memorials that face the intersection of Durand and Ohio Streets. Close proximity to planned restrooms is a main consideration. The opportunity to develop an adjacent Parade Grounds field for Veterans events is an option.

If extended long-term plans include the addition of other Veteran monuments, fund-raising for a future mini Visitors Center should be considered. It would contain Historical Museum type displays related to the Monuments and would attract more school and out of town group visits.

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.