City of Florence and Florence Veterans Park Committee Receive $ 250,000 Grant for WWII Memorial

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Part of the Pee Dee is now receiving additional aid to honor those who have served our country.

The city of Florence said on Wednesday that it and the Florence Veterans Park Committee had received a grant of $ 250,000 to honor the men and women who served the United States in World War II.

The grant comes from Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the people of Florence.

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In a statement, city officials said the grant was applied to recognize the service of World War II veterans. Now the money will support a tribute known as “The Greatest Generation”, which is planned as an extension of the Florence Veterans Park.

“Thanks to the generosity of Drs. The Bruce & Lee Foundation, an important bronze monument representing a young soldier after the battle is over, will be added to the park, ”the city of Florence said in a statement. “The monument will feature a wall damaged by artillery which has become the most peaceful place the young soldier 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 calm, fragile and 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, who previously created bronze sculptures seen at the Veterans Park in Florence.

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