The World War II Memorial
Fall River, MA
Owner: City of Fall River
The World II Memorial was designed for the City of Fall River. The City received a gift of plaster molds of a two-thirds size replica of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising Monument in Arlington, Virginia. These molds were crafted by Mr. Felix deWeldon, the sculptor of the original monument at Arlington.
Fall River decided to use this gift molds to produce a bronze sculpture for its proposed World War II Memorial. Subsequently, the City selected GRA to manage the project. GRA was assigned three principal tasks: first, prepare a set of documents by which foundries could bid for the sculpture; second, locate a site for the monument; and third, design the foundation pedestal for the sculpture.
The sculpture was produced by Johnson Atelier of Mercerville, New Jersey. GRA selected a site, a gently rising grassy area overlooking the Taunton River, and designed the foundation pedestal using beautiful black granite from a quarry in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan.
The Memorial was dedicated in 2005 before an enthusiastic group of several hundred persons. The major address was made by Mr. James Bradley, a son of one of the flag raisers.
GRA considers it a rare privilege to have participated in this undertaking as a special project.