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On the 15th of this month (May) the on scene MCITTA Monument Committee member, Howie Kahn, attended the official ground breaking ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C. on the site chosen for the newly approved Marine Museum. The ceremony was conducted with all the standard pomp and circumstance with the announcement that phase one should be completed by October this year. Phase one will consist of clear cutting and grubbing the entire area designated for the museum plus the placement of the two Eagle and Globe monuments and the MCITTA monument. It is with some degree of pride and pleasure that I am able to announce to all hands baring any drastic unforeseen obstacles our monument should be in place NLT than November 2015.
Chairman of the Monument Committee
Update September 22, 2014
Howard Kahn reported on the status of the MCITTA Monument. The Secretary of the Navy has approved the placement of the MCITTA Monument at the Museum for Carolina Marines in Jacksonville, NC. The Monument should be placed at the museum in the spring of 2015 (March-June). Plans for dedicating the monument will be disseminated at a later date.
MONUMENT COMMITTEE REPORT (Update Jun2012)
The MCITTA monument committee representative on scene, Howard Kahn, by invitation, attended a recent final construction meeting of the Carolina Marine Museum of Marines Board of Directors at their headquarters located in the Jacksonville, N.C. Industrial Park. It was suggested by the Directors that MCITTA have flood lights installed to illuminate our monument during initial construction. Having this done initially rather than subsequently will substantially reduce installation cost. Installation cost for our monument will be billed directly to MCITTA for the work involved to accomplish the objective. That cost is estimated to be no more than $1600.00 in addition to all previous costs. As our representative Howard made the on the spot decision and approved the installation. This extra money is not needed until MCITTA is billed for completed work sometime in 2013.
The Directors then proceeded to explain why they made the flood light request. Our monument will be one of only two to be placed within an enclosed plaza area inside the museum proper. It will be seen by patrons from inside the museum as well as from outside. All other subsequent monuments will be placed in a dedicated area adjacent to the museum on the surrounding grounds. Our monument will be under constant protection as a result of its placement. According to the Director’s report our monument will be the first of any monuments placed at the museum. The second and only other such monument accorded this honor will not be ready for placement for approximately two years. MCITTA will ready to place our monument by January of 2013. The exact date is to be announced.
The museum expects to begin ground breaking in late August/early September 2012. Once MCITTA receives word the placement area is ready the monument can be installed and we can begin planning for an official dedication ceremony in conjunction with our 2013 Gathering at Camp LeJeune. Unfortunately pictures of the monument as it came from the quarry are not available. The dimensions of the pad for placement will be 9’6” long by 4’6”wide and approximately 6” to 8” inches thick. The bronze plaque has been started and is expected to be completed and given final approval in July 2012.
Our Monument Committee Chairman, Harry Todd, has issued a challenge to each of our Board of Directors and to all MCITTA members to match his donation of $200.00 to cover the electrician’s bill for flood lights. Should any such monies be received over and above the billed cost they are to be presented to the museum as a donation from MCITTA. This is a fair and equitable way to receive money for the bill and a donation at the same time precluding another call for additional donation from our members in the future.
MCITTA Monument Committee
Harry Todd and Howard Kahn
Monument Update (Dec2011)
Between the dates of December 6 and 9 2011 the MCITTA Monument Committee, Howie Khan and Harry Todd, met to discuss and review progress of our memorial.
It was determined that the stone was quarried from the Alberta Quarry, one of the largest quarries on the east coast, located in Georgia on November 10th 2011. Weighing about two to three tons, measuring five feet high by six feet wide by four feet thick it was then trucked to the stone cutter in Mount Airy, North Carolina where it will await carving and a decision by the Museum Board for a firm start date for museum construction. Our committee was informed carving will begin immediately upon establishment of this firm start construction date.
Upon completion the monument will be transported and placed in its dedicated area as determined by the museum Board to await dedication. Transportation, sculpting, placement, and base mount all inclusive of quoted price by the supplier.
The plaque will be cast in bronze with raised lettering affixed to the monument by rosettes in each corner. The plaque is also inclusive of the price quote.
The lettering of names and banner above the names will be sandblasted into the face of polished granite and blackened in order to stand out. Divisional logos are colored enamel and sealed in a recessed position to permanently affix them to the monument. The basin where the logos are located will be polished and slightly slanted toward the front to provide drainage. The shelf area in front of the plaque will as well be polished granite slightly slanted toward the front for drainage with the ITT Combat logo permanently affixed.
On December 8, 2011 MCITTA's Monument Committee met with the Board of Directors and Building Committee for the Museum of Carolina Marines, Mr. Bruce Gomber (Chairman of the Board), Mr. Bill Ayers (Interim Executive Director), Mr. Joe Houle (Director of Operations) Mr. L.J. Kimball (Project Historian) and Ms. Scarlet Hanis (Executive Assistant) to confirm a mutual understanding of needs and desires. The Museum Board is very pleased with our design proposal, funding efforts and more than pleased and proud we chose their Venue for our monument. The Board indicated that the monument will receive a place of honor. MCITTA was informed the that our monument was the first such request made to the Museum and as such is to be included in the Museum's Phase I construction which includes landscaping plans, infra-structure work and the location sites for present and planned monuments. Phase I planning is 90% complete. For greater exposure the Board will place our Monument in an open courtyard area just outside the Museum proper. The Board has indicated because Montford Point is the birthplace of ITT, being so placed the monument would not only enjoy a greater exposure it is most appreciated.
The MCITTA Committee was informed the Museum will be interconnected with the existing Beirut, VietNam, and 911 Memorials and the proposed for the Corpsmen, Montford Monuments and eventually to expected Korean War and WWII Memorials.
The Museum is expected to begin construction in early 2012 and have completion in 2013. Our Monument will be completed and placed in 2012 and be dedicated in 2013 at our annual Gathering (Time to be announced).
Museum of the Marine update Dec 2014
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