In Cape Coral, Florida, an intoxicated driver, in an attempt to avoid paying a toll, steered his vehicle head-on into the iconic and cherished Iwo Jima memorial statue late Saturday night. The granite of the statue cracked in three different places and the accompanying foundation lights were shattered.
Local veterans and former servicemen are devastated by the statue’s destruction, including George Colom, a retired Marine and caretaker of the statue. The Iwo Jima Memorial was erected in 1945 as a symbol of the hard fought battle by Americans in World War II. The statue was restored in 2011 with a new finish to revitalize its uniqueness.
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