Project Objective

To build a reduced size replica of the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), 40% size, in the City of Racine, WI. The project Fundraising Launch effort will focus on the 75th Anniversary of the Flag Raising on February 23rd, 1945 to be celebrated in the year 2020. Estimated completion of the Monument would be 2022.

The Monument, placed in the beautiful and expansive Pritchard Park Complex in Racine, WI, will become a destination point for visitors in the Midwest, local school field trips, a ceremonial base for Veterans events and the Cornerstone for future Veterans Memorials.

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest (IJMM) Project will count on logistical and Project fundraising support from League Members, various local Veteran and public Civic groups, Business and local political officials and the media.

The Monument not only preserves the memory of the momentous occasion of the flag raising on Mt. Surabachi, but perpetuates the significance of the sacrifices made by thousands of Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, that paid the ultimate price to protect the freedom of the United States and the world.

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.