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Fallen Gulf War hero to be namesake of new FIU memorial on Veterans Day

Rendering of the Felsberg Veterans Plaza memorial on Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus. The statue was a gift from Miami law firm Genovese Joblove & Battista.
Rendering of the Felsberg Veterans Plaza memorial on Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus. The statue was a gift from Miami law firm Genovese Joblove & Battista. Courtesy FIU

FIorida International University will pay tribute to one of its own heroes when it unveils a memorial plaza on Veterans Day. The plaza will carry the grad’s name.

Paul Michael Felsberg, a criminal justice major, was an FIU student-athlete and second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In 2004, Felsberg, 27, died from a rocket-propelled attack in Ramadi, Iraq, during the second Gulf War.

Felsberg, a weapons platoon commander, had volunteered for duty in Iraq when he learned a replacement was needed for a fellow officer who was killed in combat.

On Saturday, for Veterans Day, FIU will unveil the Felsberg Veterans Plaza on its Modesto Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade. Felsberg’s family, along with FIU administrators and the USMC Color Guard and FIU Marching Band, will participate.

“This will be a special place for all of us at FIU to remember and reflect on the members of the FIU family who have fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said FIU President Mark Rosenberg in a release.

Miami-based law firm Genovese Joblove & Battista provided the lead gift for the centerpiece — a sculpture of Felsberg.

“This was an ideal opportunity for us to show our immense gratitude to the men and women who have fought to protect our freedom, while supporting this wonderful initiative led by FIU, and leaving a lasting impression of which we can all be proud,” said Jonathan Perlman, a shareholder at the firm and a member of the board of directors of the FIU Foundation.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

If you go

What: Dedication ceremony for the Felsberg Veterans Plaza at FIU

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Florida International University, 11200 SW Eighth St., West Miami-Dade. The Felsberg Veterans Plaza is on the south side of the campus, adjacent to Parkview Residence Hall and across from the Riccardo Silva Stadium.

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