‘Storming the Beach’ Statue in Branson May Go Public Again

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BRANSON, Mo.–A large sculpture honoring World War 2 soldiers may go back on display at Branson’s Veterans’ Museum.

The 50 man “Storming the Beach” statue has been in storage since it was purchased by the city for $1-million.

The museum had the statue until it was sold to a bank to pay off debt. 

That’s when the city of Branson bought it and is now paying $29,000 a year to store the piece.

There has been a variety of ideas on what to do with the statue.

The city administrator says a lot of businesses want it near their locations.

But the museum hopes it can store the large sculpture within its walls to preserve the piece.

Geoff Gardisky with the museum said,  “if it’s outside its exposed to the elements which it wasn’t intended to be.  back here it’s in a climate controlled environment.”

One wrinkle to storing it at the museum is the cost of admission. 

The citizens already own the statue and shouldn’t have to pay to see it. A city leader says they would need to work that out.

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