By Dale Liesch - Lagniappe
The City of Mobile is breathing new life into the World War I Monument located at Memorial Park near the iconic cannon.
This year, the city is investing nearly $19,000 of capital improvement funds to clean and repair the historic landmark. The city will repair the broken and loose marble slabs, re-grout all the seams between the stones and remove the dirt and stains acquired over time.
Dedicated in 1926, the monument was designed by local architect George B. Roger and was built using marble quarried from Sylacauga. The original plaque listed 63 names of Mobilians who died during World War I. The City recently approved the installation of an Alabama Historical Association plaque naming the other 53 Mobilians who also died during World War I but were left off of the original plaque.
“This monument honors all of the men and women who served our country during World War I,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “It’s important that we continue to uphold their legacy and remember their contributions to our country.”
In addition to these efforts, the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama is pursuing a capital campaign to revitalize the park and fountain including new benches, landscaping, water features, lighting and walkways. To make a donation to Memorial Park, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Alabama Veterans Council is also hosting a wreath laying ceremony on May 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park.