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Sarasota Doughboy

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Rev. J. D. Hamel Park
Dec. 11, 1994
E. M. Viquesney

This is a larger than life bronze sculpture of a soldier dressed in World War I, carrying a rifle, his right arm raised in celebration. Known as 'The Doughboy', the sculpture was added to the Sarasota War Memorial on May 25th 1998.  It was reproduced by Sarasota sculptor Frank Colson from an original titled "Spirit of the American Doughboy" created in 1920 by E.M. Visquesney.

"Sarasota's War Memorial first dedication was held Sunday, November 11, 1928. It was part of the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I." Text Source: (visit link)

A Florida historic marker stands nearby with the following text:

Side 1
The Sarasota War Memorial was commissioned by American Legion Bay Post 30 and designed by architect Clare C. Hosmer. On November 11, 1928, it was dedicated at the city's Five Points intersection in a ceremony observing the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day.
It remained at Five Points until 1954, when the city relocated it to what is now Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. The monument recognizes all residents who have answered their country's call, and honors those who died in World War I and subsequent conflicts.

Side 2
A bronze World War I soldier known as the "Spirit of the American Doughboy" was unveiled on May 25, 1928, in a Memorial Day ceremony. It was reproduced by Sarasota sculptor Frank Colson from an original created in 1920 by Ernest Moore Visquesney.
The soldier's charge across "No Man's Land" on a Europrean battlefield completed an extensive monument restoration project commissioned by the Patriotic Observance Committee of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. It was funded by public and private donations.

Single figure -- soldier
Diam 5'2
Base: approx. H. 1 ft. 3 in. x Diam. 35 ft
An octagonal, multitiered structure set in a planter. Atop each corner of the lowest tier is a perched eagle with outstretched wings. Below the eagles each
Originally located at a downtown area, two blocks from the current site.
Administered by City of Sarasota, Parks Department, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, Florida 34241 Located Gulf Stream & Main Street, Sarasota, Florida

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