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F-16 Aircraft Monument gets new canopy at Freedom Lake Park

The F-16 Aircraft Monument was first constructed on Jan. 3, 1997 and dedicated on March 7, 1998.

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — With Memorial Day just a week away, the F-16 Aircraft Monument in Pinellas Park is getting an upgrade.

Lockheed Martin donated a new solarized translucent canopy to protect the aircraft on display at Freedom Lake Park, replacing the old, weathered covering. It was installed Monday afternoon at an event with city officials.

The F-16 Aircraft Monument was first constructed on Jan. 3, 1997 and dedicated on March 7, 1998. Then-Mayor Cecil Bradbury, who is the father of current Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury, organized the aircraft's arrival.

"On behalf of the Mayor, City Council and myself, we are truly grateful to Lockheed Martin for donating a new canopy for the F-16 aircraft monument," Bart Diebold, Pinellas Park City Manager, said. "This monument is truly meaningful to our community and is an everyday reminder of all of the heroes who served and fought for our freedom."

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