(Downtown) - Today at noon, the 50th anniversary re-dedication ceremony for the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial will be held.
Known as the Fountain of Eternal Life, the statue on Veterans' Memorial Plaza near Rockwell Avenue was seriously in need of repair.
It was dedicated in 1964, and was created by Marshall Fredericks as a tribute to the human spirit attempting to rise above the flames of war.
At first, it only memorialized Greater Clevelanders who died in World War Two and the Korean War.
Ten years ago the names of service members from the Spanish-American War, World War One, and Vietnam were added, as were names from World War Two and Korea who were overlooked.
David Foucht with Milano Monuments of Cleveland helped refurbish the monument 10 years ago, and is the project manager for this year's renovation, which has added names from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Foucht tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 he is proud to be a part of this effort, and has received many positive comments from service members and downtowners.
The cost of the new plaques and renovation is being covered by the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial, Inc., and is estimated to be about $30,000.
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(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)