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Chapter To Manage World War I Monument Project

Dateline: 2/22/2021

The MOAA Indian River Chapter Board of Directors unanimously voted to take on the role of project manager for a new monument to be erected on Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in honor of those who served in World War I. Sometimes called "The  War to End All Wars," it was supposed to change relationships between nations --a prediction not fulfilled. However, it did change the nature of war for the next century by introducing aerial, armored and chemical warfare.

Pictured here is the Korean War Monument at the Sanctuary. The monument design, which is still in the conceptual stage, will chronicle key aspects of the conflict and complement the Island's other memorials. Some ideas being considered include an inscription of the iconic poem, "In Flanders Field" and a red poppy. 

The plan is to unveil the monument as part of the overall Veterans Day ceremony on November 21, 2021. Originally called Remembrance Day, it was declared a national holiday to commemorate the end of the fighting that ceased at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

The construction and placement of the monument have already been approved by the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Committee and the City of Vero Beach. The final design and cost will also be subject to their approval.

Col. Carlos Halcomb and Col. Mike DiScipio, the lead project managers, welcome your ideas and suggestions. You can send them to

Progress reports will be published periodically, as well as the final design.

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