Monument to the Fallen unveiled at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

Gold Star parents Donn and Jeanne Weaver lead the two-year effort to

get the Monument to the Fallen installed at the Cape Canaveral National

Cemetery.

The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery unveiled the Monument to the

Fallen following a two-year effort to get it approved and installed along

the Memorial Path.

The dedication of the monument during a 9:30 ceremony Saturday with

about 50 guests. It was not open to the public due to the Department of

Veterans Affair restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The monument, a pedestal with a bronze relief that is based on a

painting by Jeanne Weaver, whose son, Army 1 st . Lt. Todd Weaver was

killed in action Sept. 9, 2010 in Afghanistan. Jeanne Weaver made the

painting based on photographs taken in Afghanistan the day after her 26-

year-old son was killed.

“I actually feel proud because it turned out well,” Weaver said. “It will

stand there forever honoring the fallen.”

It took two years to gain the required approval from VA National

Cemetery Administration, regional and local offices. The money also

had to be raised from private sources to pay for the monument, which

stands about four feet tall.

The ceremony included the presentation of the colors by Shiloh

Christian Academy, and the National Anthem was sung by Merrie Sofet.

Weaver and her sister-in-law Becky Zingarelli unveiled the monument.