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Fallen Marine, Civilian Contractor, Craig Fuller honored

Fallen Marine honored with Cape’s Iwo Jima restoration

www.craigtfuller.com

CAPE CORAL: As piece of history is crumbling in Cape Coral, the family of a former Marine killed doing contractor work in Afghanistan are aiming to restore the Iwo Jima statue in his memory.

It’s cracked in more than 150 places. Elements and time have driven the symbolic piece of history into disrepair.

All Craig Fuller wanted was to see it shine again.

“When he was here he just couldn’t do enough to try to get this going,” said Fuller’s father, Jerry Fuller.

For him, the loss is still raw.  This week marks one year since the death of the former Marine, a Cape Coral native.

“He means the world to me and I know how much this statue meant to him. I mean it’s always been his dream to fix it. So now, it’s become our mission,” said Fuller’s friend, Joe Sabella.

Fuller’s loved ones have launched a fundraising effort in his memory.

With the help of several community and veterans groups, they’re trying to raise $85,000 to restore Cape Coral’s Iwo Jima Memorial.

“We want to get it back to as original a condition as we can,” said George Colom, with the Marine Corps League.

Fuller’s family and friends say he felt so strongly about this statue because of the message it reflects.

“It’s just a symbol of freedom,” Jerry said.

“It’s all about what the Marines really are about. Put them on the map. So that’s what made him so proud of it, having the values of a Marine,” Sabella added.

The historical meaning makes it even more special.

It is one of three Iwo Jima statues created by the same sculptor who erected the original memorial near Arlington Cemetary.

Fuller’s father says he knows his son is watching, and is grateful for the group’s efforts.

“Oh he’s smiling. He’s happy. He’s proud we’ve picked up the torch after him,” he said.

Here is a list of the fundraising events planned for the statue restoration:

  • May 2nd, 9 AM– Scavenger Hunt at Harley Davidson in Ft. Myers. Grand Prize is a $250 gift certificate to the store.
  • May 15th and 16th, 9 AM to 5 PM– Guitar Hero Competition at DT Designs, 877 Cape Coral Parkway. Registration fee is $25. Prizes include gaming gift certificates.
  • May 22nd, 5PM to 9PM– For the Love of Our Soldiers Community Fair and Family Event. $12 entry fee. Dunk tank, rock wall, racing simulator, face painting, attractions.

For more information, visit www.craigtfuller.com

April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , ,

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