Miami Springs will rededicate a newly restored, decades-old brick monument on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Deer Run Drive and Curtiss Parkway.
The Marine Maj. Gen. Roy S. Geiger memorial has been upgraded by volunteers who raised thousands of dollars over a two-year period to add a new concrete base, patio, foliage, lighting and a flagpole.
“Dying for freedom isn’t the worst thing that can happen,” Georgie Carter-Krell, of Virginia Gardens, told the Herald, in 2013, as she addressed locals during a recent Veterans Day ceremony. “Being forgotten is.”
Carter’s son, Pfc. Bruce W. Carter was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after he jumped at age 19 on a hand grenade in Vietnam to save fellow Marines.
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The monument sits nearby where Marines dropped bombs and practiced maneuvers in the 1940s, on what is now the Miami Springs golf course, according to the city.
General Geiger was the only Marine to command a field army at Okinawa and was posthumously promoted to four-star rank. He went on to become one of the most distinguished aviators in Marine history before he died in 1947.
“The memorial not only honors all the Marines that served but to me it honors all those that served,” said Virginia Gardens Mayor Spencer Deno, who added that the village donated $1,000 to the project. Deno bought a brick at the entrance of the memorial to honor his highly decorated grandfather who served in the Army during World War II.
Virginia Gardens frequently joins forces with Miami Springs to honor local veterans during special events.
The public is invited to attend the event at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 along the city’s bike trail and golf course as speakers from the U.S. Marine Corp. honor one of their fallen comrades.
For information, call 305-805-5000.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Marine Maj. Gen. Roy S. Geiger monument rededication
WHERE:Deer Run Dr. and Curtiss Pkwy