City of Aurora - Victory Statue on the New York Memorial Bridge, Aurora
Grant Amount: $5,000
Aurora’s New York Street Bridge, constructed in 1931 and spanning the Fox River, is dedicated as a tribute to the brave soldiers who fought in World War I. The bridge features six ornamental elements—four hooded “Memory” sculptures, a statue celebrating “Victory,” and the Branches of Service Plaque, a large bronze relief representing the three branches of the armed services at the time of WWI. At the center of the bridge there are two outlooks with bronze and limestone memorials. On the north side stands a 12-foot bronze statue of the Messenger Goddess Victory on top of a 10-foot limestone base. Aurora will use the LI grant funding to restore the Victory statue.
The City of Aurora has used another WWI Monument Preservation grant to restore one of the Memory sculptures and it has restored the Branches of Service Plaque on the south side of the bridge as part of an overall restoration of the memorial bridge.