Friday, February 6, 2015

Civic Group Launches Freedom Memorial Effort

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is sharing this important information about the Freedom Memorial:


A coalition of civic leaders with a track record of success has joined forces with the Freedom Memorial Foundation to finish the monument on Golden Gate Parkway.

The Freedom Memorial, in the shape of an unfurled American flag and made of granite, is a cornerstone of Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park east of Goodlette-Frank Road, near the northern end of the new Gordon River Greenway.

Since breaking ground in 2009, saluting 9/11 victims as well as past and present veterans and first-responders, the project encountered obstacles including the recession and the lack of federal tax-deductible status for donors, now resolved.

Now, backed by new civic resolve and a lead contractor, Todd Gates, donating much of the construction work, the Freedom Memorial, designed by Naples resident Gerald A. Ladue, is back in the spotlight and seeking donations.

A leader of the revival, Naples Mayor John Sorey, points to the unfinished monument’s location at a key community gateway and asks: “Do you agree with me that this reflects poorly on our community?’’

There are three ways for the public to help:

* Buying memorial pavers for $100 and $300 engraved with names of donors or loved ones. The pavers will join others already installed as permanent parts of the Freedom Memorial.
* Making donations. Donors of $1,000 or more will have their names permanently engraved on plaques at the Freedom Memorial. The $100,000 donor level is aptly named: Hero.

* Buying tickets or sponsorships to a Feb. 20 patriotic celebration – Remember, Respect, Honor – Forever! ­- at Freedom Park to, officials hope, put the fundraising campaign over the top. Tickets are $250 and $500, including dinner catered by Shula’s Steak House.

For more information:

Phone: (239) 254-3169

Mail:  6017 Pine Ridge Road, No. 249, Naples, 34119