IMTS Visitors Help an Almost Forgotten Veterans Cemetery in Florida
With Memorial Day approaching, IMTS salutes Triton Welding & Machine Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and their business partners for donating their time to design, fabricate, and install a giant metal arch for an almost forgotten Veterans Cemetery in Titusville, Fla.
This weekend, the IMTS team honors and remembers the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to defend America's freedom.
Michael Steadman, the owner of Triton Welding & Machine Shop, Inc., submitted his story below:
Not Forgotten: Teamwork in Brevard Pays Off for Veterans Cemetery Cleanup and Entry Sign
An almost forgotten Veterans Cemetery in Titusville, Fla., was in desperate need of some help. The neglected cemetery was overgrown with brush and the grave markers were covered by dirt and pine needles.
A local Navy veteran, Sam DeBlasio, started Friends of the Cemetery to help recruit volunteers to clean up the area. He hired Triton to build a sign for the entrance, with a small donation from the Russo family. We designed and fabricated a giant metal arch and donated our time and some of the materials. We enlisted the aid of some fellow businesses: Met-Con rolled the pipe, Sunshine Welding donated the materials to waterjet-cut the letters, Hot Colors reduced its price to powder coat the arch, and Secure Fence donated equipment and labor to install the sign.
Our efforts would have remained anonymous, but Brevard County's primary media source, the Florida Today newspaper, got wind of the project and ran a half-page photo with a full caption.
Triton Welding & Machine Shop has been in business since 2007. “Our 7,200-sq.-ft. shop, situated just miles from Cape Canaveral, specializes in repairs, fabrication, and walk-in traffic,” says Mike. “Our shop foreman, Chuck Renshaw, is a retired Army staff sergeant and understands the importance of helping veterans. Our shop has always been a big supporter of the veteran community, providing donations and discounts, but we are very low key about our support of the veteran community.”
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