The Army Pelican Is Set To Return To Its Perch In Downtown Pensacola


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The Army Pelican Is Set To Return To Its Perch In Downtown Pensacola
By: Kelly Woodard

You can’t keep a good pelican down, thanks to the new version of Pelicans in Progress in downtown Pensacola. The new statue will honor the U.S. Army and will be outfitted in black and gold when it makes its debut for Independence Day.
The new Pelican, which will nest on the corner of Palafox and Garden Street, will replace the previous fiberglass bird that was destroyed by a car accident a little over a year ago. In honor of the U.S. Army, the pelican will be hand painted by troops both past and present.
“Everyone who wears or has worn an Army uniform is welcome,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Stevens, an ROTC instructor at the University of West Florida and an organizer of the painting event, which will be held at 10 am on June 26
th at 101 E. Romana Street.
The other four military branches have their pelicans at the Palafox-Garden intersection, and some Army veterans say they have missed having a representative.
“It’s the senior service that just celebrated its 239th birthday,” said retired Brig. Gen. Roger Rowe, a director of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation. “The Army needs to have its pelican back.”
A dedication ceremony for the new pelican is scheduled to be held at 9 am on July 3
rd at the Army Pelican’s roost located at the corner of Palafox and Garden Street.