Navy SEALs Monument
Virginia Beach, Virginia
This $650,000 project completely renovated the 38th Street entrance to the Virginia Beach boardwalk. The memorial is one of four Navy SEAL memorials in the United States. The memorial commemorates the founding of the Navy Seals as serves as a memorial for the fallen SEALs throughout history. The construction involved the demolition, new utilities for a relocated shower and drinking fountain, handicap ramp, new stairs, and the new monument. Construction was performed during a compressed six week schedule.
The Naked Warrior depicts an early “Frogman” atop a beach obstacle, facing the ocean and gathering himself to conduct a combat mission. The statue is life-size, denoting the SEAL reputation of ordinary men who do extraordinary things in the service of their country. Aligned with this ethos, the statue is surrounded by a sleek, low-profile stone wall that curves along the natural contours of the site.
Distinguished from the other SEAL heritage sites, the Virginia Beach monument celebrates and recognizes all SEAL teams and illustrates their extensive history. Additionally, the wall features one star for every Navy SEAL and one paw print for every SEAL K-9 killed in the line of duty.