Historic monument officially restored (Pictures inside)

The restoration process of a historic monument has officially been completed.

Veteran Norm Stitzel announced earlier in the week that the restoration of the World War I monument at courthouse park in Cortland reached a conclusion after a culmination of work for over a year.

“It’s awesome. It started with an idea many years ago. Now it’s completely restored,” said Stitzel, who oversaw restoration of the monument.

The WWI monument project also included repair work to address discoloration and graffiti. Stitzel noted in the past that decorative concrete was added to give the monument a “Lincoln memorial look.” A WWI medallion has also been placed inside the middle of the monument.

 

WWI MONUMENT NIGHT PHOTOS (taken by Norm Stitzel)

 

Photo courtesy of Norm Stitzel.

 

Photo courtesy of Norm Stitzel.

 

Photo courtesy of Norm Stitzel.

 

 

 

 

According to Stitzel, restoration costs were covered by a donation of $16,800 from the Chapter 377 Vietnam Veterans of America in Dryden and about $22,000 from Cortland County. Work on the monument was done by Richards Monuments Service of Owego.

 

After construction 

Photo taken by Kevin L. Smith, Cortland Voice

 

Photo taken by Kevin L. Smith, Cortland Voice

 

Before construction

Photo taken by Kevin L. Smith, Cortland Voice

 

Photo taken by Kevin L. Smith, Cortland Voice