Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Better Visibility for WWI Monument Bushes Obscured Soldiers' Memorial

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Better Visibility for WWI Monument Bushes Obscured Soldiers' Memorial

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- For years, a monument to World War I soldiers has been hidden behind palmetto trees and azalea bushes in the middle of one of this coastal city's busiest streets.

But now that the city has moved the 14,200-pound slab of granite across the street, officials are hoping it will catch more eyes and people will never forget the names of Chatham County citizens inscribed on the stone.

"This corner was an opportunity to provide a good location for the monument that would allow people to actually visit it," said Don Gardner, the city's park and tree director. "This move makes a lot of sense."

In its new location, the monument is the centerpiece of a landscaped patch at the corner of Victory Drive and Waters Avenue. The site, expected to be fully landscaped by the end of October, will feature sidewalks leading to the monument and a semicircle of palmetto trees framing the marker.

The memorial was hoisted Thursday by crane from its foundation in the median of Victory Drive, then moved across the street to Daffin Park. …

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