Lo­cal com­pany cre­ates beau­ti­ful Veteran’s Mon­u­ment

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE 1 - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

beau­ti­ful mon­u­ment cre­ated here in Stanstead at Pic­ture this on Gran­ite was the fo­cal point of a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony held in Florida on Novem­ber 11th. Dur­ing a Veteran’s Day ser­vice, the Bonita Springs Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Mon­u­ment, three im­mense black gran­ite tablets sit­ting on a base of Stanstead grey and black gran­ite, was un­veiled in front of a large crowd.

“There are three tablets of black, pol­ished gran­ite with the im­ages of three sol­diers on them. The mon­u­ment is about twelve to thir­teen feet high,” ex­plained Bon­nie Good­sell, the pres­i­dent of Pic­ture this on Gran­ite, a Stanstead com­pany that spe­cial­izes in laser etch­ing im­agery on nat­u­ral stone.

Com­mis­sioned by the City of Bonita Springs, the Stanstead com­pany or­dered the com­po­nents for the mon­u­ment in Jan­uary of this year and had it com­pleted and shipped out to Florida in Septem­ber. “Our cus­tomers ap­pre­ci­ate that our com­pany is a full ser­vice turnkey; once the or­der is com­plete we also take care of the ship­ping and in­stal­la­tion. It is a re­lief to many com­mit­tees that we can of­fer that,” com­mented Ms. Good­sell.

The de­sign con­cept of the mon­u­ment was drawn up by Mike Mor­gan of Mor­gan Stu­dios in Bonita Springs. The im­age of the three sol­diers, seen only from the back as they are walking away while sup­port­ing each other, comes from a Reuters pho­to­graph taken in Afghanistan. The motto “No one left be­hind” ap­pears with the im­age. Along the bot­tom of the mon­u­ment are the seals of the mili- Marines, rel­a­tive new­com­ers to recog­ni­tion when it comes to their war ef­fort.

Rep­re­sent­ing Pic­ture this on Gran­ite at the un­veil­ing were Bon­nie Good­sell and Nathalie McAu­ley. “The

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key­note speaker at the event was a Viet­nam veteran who had been awarded seven Pur­ple Hearts,” men­tioned Ms. Good­sell, re­fer­ring to Randy McCon­nell, the most dec­o­rated, liv­ing Viet­nam War veteran. Mr. McCon­nell spoke about his time in Viet­nam and what the me­mo­rial means to him.

The Bonita Springs Veteran’s Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee raised more than $90,000 in do­na­tions to pay for the project.

Ms. Good­sell had this to add: “The many memo­ri­als, that we have been hon­ored to be part of, are not about us, they are about the veter­ans. All across Canada and the United States, they are be­ing hon­ored and ac­knowl­edged. Our free­dom came at a very high price.”

Seen in front of the Veter­ans mon­u­ment in Florida that was cre­ated by Gran­ite is (left) Randy McCon­nell, the only Amer­i­can re­cip­i­ent of seven Pur­ple Hearts,

and Dave Grossi, the Chair­man of the Bonita Springs Veter­ans Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. tary branches in the United States: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the Mer­chant

Pic­ture this on

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