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Sarasota War Memorial - Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 27° 20.063 W 082° 32.640
17R E 347256 N 3024417
Quick Description: A Soldier in WWI uniform known locally as 'The Doughboy' stands proudly atop Sarasota's War Memorial. Erected in 1928 to Celebrate the anniversary of 'The End of the War to End all Wars' Located in the Bayfront area of Downtown Sarasota, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2014 5:35:45 AM
Waymark Code: WMMYND
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
Views: 3

Long Description:
The larger than life bronze sculpture of a Soldier dressed in First World War uniform, carrying a rifle. His right arm is raised in celebration. The Sculpture is known as 'The Doughboy'

The War memorial when constructed, featured a large flagpole.
The memorial is now a combined War Memorial honouring those who fought & died in" World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Global War on Terrorism.

The sculpture was added to the War Memorial on May 25th 1998.
Reproduced by Sarasota sculptor Frank Colson from an original titled "Spirit of the American Doughboy" created in 1920 by Ernest Moore Visquesney.

"Sarasota's War Memorial first dedication was held Monday, November 11, 1928. It was part of the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I." Text Source: (visit link)

A Florida historic marker stands nearby with the following text.

Side 1
The Sarasota War Memorial was commissioned by American Legion Bay Post 30 and designed by architect Clare C. Hosmer. On November 11, 1928, it was dedicated at the city's Five Points intersection in a ceremony observing the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day.
It remained at Five Points until 1954, when the city relocated it to what is now Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. The monument recognizes all residents who have answered their country's call, and honors those who died in World War I and subsequent conflicts.

Side 2
A bronze World War I soldier known as the "Spirit of the American Doughboy" was unveiled on May 25, 1998, in a Memorial Day ceremony. It was reproduced by Sarasota sculptor Frank Colson from an original created in 1920 by Ernest Moore Visquesney.
The soldier's charge across "No Man's Land" on a Europrean battlefield completed an extensive monument restoration project commissioned by the Patriotic Observance Committee of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. It was funded by public and private donations.
Date the Monument or Memorial was built or dedicated: 11/11/1928

Private or Public Monument?: Other

Name of the Private Organization or Government Entity that built this Monument: commissioned by the Patriotic Observance Committee of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. It was funded by public and private donations.

Geographic Region where the Monument is located: North America

Website for this Monument: [Web Link]

Physical Address of Monument:
J.D. Hamel Park. - Tamiami Trail (US-41), Sarasota, Florida, USA.


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