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Foundation announces memorial site construction plans

by Ellie Scarfone Malanowski
CENTCOM Memorial Foundation president
An artist's rendering of the planned CENTCOM Memorial soon to be built on MacDill

The U.S. Central Command Memorial Foundation has announced plans to build a memorial park to honor the men and women who have served with U.S. Central Command. The memorial will be built on property near the command headquarters at MacDill. Construction dates have not been announced. The projects cost is estimated at $1.5 million. The memorial will be elliptical in shape, and a structure containing the globe's depiction of USCENTCOM's area of responsibility will serve as the centerpiece. A light system installed below the AOR depiction will reflect the boundaries of the 25 countries that make up USCENTCOM's AOR.

Construction plans call for an ascending wall in the shape of a quarter-circle behind the centerpiece. This wall, starting at a height of approximately three feet and increasing to an apex height of eight feet, will contain the USCENTCOM seal and the words, "To honor the men and women of the United States Central Command who served the cause of peace and freedom in the Central Region." This quarter wall will form the front of a podium and stage for command ceremonies and special events.

In colors of desert brown, a wall capped with granite will encircle the entire memorial. A fountain will be added to an existing retention pond near the site to compliment the memorial. Items not confirmed, but under consideration for inclusion are, the addition of two terra-cotta guard figures, a boulder from Afghanistan or an artifact from the Pentagon to reflect the significance and purpose of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The first basic rendering of the site was posted on USCENTCOM's intranet to allow service members stationed in Afghanistan and other locations throughout the AOR the opportunity to become part of the memorial's development. Their suggestions were considered in the final processes before the conceptual design was confirmed.

The USCENTCOM Memorial Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, federal and state registered organization, is raising money and accepting in-kind donations to fund and build the project.

For more information or to make a contribution, call, United States Central Command Memorial Foundation, Inc. at 727-799-6114 or 877-841-0008.




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