The statue is expected to be installed on a 5-foot, 16,000-pound granite base in the center of the memorial this spring. A dedication ceremony is being planned at the park, which is in the northwest corner of the Dan Jones Road and County Road 100 South roundabout.
Officials also hope to add six service monument stones, each in front of their military service flag, along with entry features like columns or decorative lighting. The memorial committee is seeking $10,000 to complete the park. Donations may be made online at AvonsGreatest.org or via mail at Avon WW II Memorial Park Committee, c/o Town of Avon, Attn: Clerk/Treasurer, 6570 E. U.S. 36, Avon, IN 46123.
Rogers has faith the memorial will be finished as envisioned, especially after the public gets a look at its centerpiece.
"We have people coming to town hall now making $100 and $200 donations," he said. "We're going to get this done. I have all the confidence in the world."