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.