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$3.2 million project to begin in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE, Iowa. (KWWL) - An improvement project at the Chaplain Schmitt Island Veterans Memorial is scheduled to begin next week.

In preparation for construction, all existing memorials, including pavers, are being temporarily moved.

All memorials will be preserved, protected and reinstalled when the project is finished, funded entirely by the Dubuque Racing Association.

The Dubuque Vietnam Veterans Memorial, currently located at Miller Riverview Park, will be relocated and incorporated into the new project.

Improvements to the existing Veterans Memorial Plaza include seating, space for additional memorials and tributes, and enhancements to the pond.

The project also includes a new memorial for Chaplain Schmitt composed of a decorative swirling concrete path that transforms into an elevated boardwalk extending from the Veterans Memorial Plaza over the pond.

A circular landing that contains a sculpture titled "Skyward" will be located at the end of the boardwalk.

An opening in the sculpture will allow visitors to read a poem etched on the inside.

At night, subtle colorful lighting will be used to honor veterans and add prominence to the memorial.

The estimated completion of the Chaplain Schmitt Island Veterans Memorial Improvement Project is May 2021.