Video from the dedication of The Spirit of the American Navy statue on October 22, 2013
To every Citizinvestor who contributed to this project, the citizens of Naperville, Illinois thank you for believing that what we as citizens can do together is much greater than what we can do alone. If you could not make the ceremony, be sure to watch this short video of the moving event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3GkYF1-aUc
With the federal government shutdown for more than two weeks and the voices of political partisanship growing to a fever pitch, it can be easy for apathy to settle into the psyche of citizens. But that’s not the case everywhere and certainly not in Naperville, Illinois where, on October 13, citizens gathered to dedicate a statue honoring Navy veterans - a statue paid for by you - the generous Citizinvestors who made this project possible. Just two weeks after you successfully raised $77,000 to install The Spirit of the American Navy, the statue was dedicated on the 238th birthday of the United States Navy.
Bill Mego of the Naperville Sun attended the dedication ceremony and offered this reflection:
Moments like that are a big part of the reason many of us live in Naperville, and I remember thinking how remarkable it was that nobody had to explain why installing that statue was good for the town or defend spending the money to make it a fitting complement to the doughboy statue across the park.
There were no angry, paranoid people carrying insulting signs, who refuse to be part of anything that contributes to the common good. Naperville people have never been afraid to preserve what’s good from the past while embracing what’s good about the future. They applaud success while offering a generous hand up to those who have not yet achieved it, and they are increasingly accepting of those who may be very different from them, culture-wise and otherwise.
They had no trouble understanding why the sailor statue would enhance their town and why it would be worth the effort and expense, even though that kind of thing is sometimes a little hard to explain. The statue’s odyssey from Chicago to Pentwater, Mich., to Naperville was extremely unlikely, the money needed was considerable, and the schedule was challenging. Even so, people quickly contributed the critical last third of the money and the landscaper somehow got the granite pedestal and the rest of the statue’s installation done in time. That’s the kind of spirit we have here.
We did it! September 27, 2013, 8:01 am EDT
I have some great news for you this Friday morning: last night, we hit our $77,000 goal to install The Spirit of the American Navy statue in Naperville! The goal was hit 8 days before the deadline. Thank you to each generous Citizinvestor who made this happen. Now, we have the resources we need to install this statue in Burlington Square Park in Naperville.
Stay tuned here for updates on this project and again, thank you for investing in your community!
So close to our goal! September 23, 2013, 2:02 pm EDT
We are 96% of the way towards reaching our goal of raising the money necessary to install The Spirit of the American Navy statue in Naperville, but we only have 12 days left until the deadline! Help us push towards the finish line by emailing and Facebooking your friends, encouraging them to donate. Here's the link: http://www.citizinvestor.com/project/spirit-of-the-american-navy