Local company creates beautiful Veteran’s Monument
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
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
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