— Monuments By Parise of Carbondale and Clifford has announced the completion of their most recent project “Rebirth,” which depicts one of the most memorable moments in the New Orleans Saints history.
The memorial was erected by Monuments By Parise in Champions Plaza of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The memorial was unveiled on July 27 in a private, invitation-only ceremony attended by members of the New Orleans Saints organization.
The inscription on the memorial reads “On Monday, September 25, 2006, Steve Gleason was responsible for one of the most dramatic moments in New Orleans Saints history. He blocked a punt in the first quarter of the team’s return to the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina.
That night, the Saints defeated their rival Atlanta Falcons 23-3. It would kick start an impossible run for a team that would go on to win the NFC South Crown and play for the NFC Championship that season. That blocked punt, that season, symbolized the “Rebirth” of the city of New Orleans.”
Gleason played special teams for the Saints from 2000-2008 and earlier last year was diagnosed with ALS, considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease.
“It was an amazing experience to be part of such a special project. It’s something I will always remember in years to come,” Jeff Parise co-owner of Monuments By Parise, said. He, along with his brother Jonathan Parise and employee Shawn Gallagher, erected the memorial which consisted of a black and grey granite pedestal and two life size bronze statues. The memorial took three days to construct.
This is the Parise’s second high profile project to be completed in recent years. They also erected the Ted Williams Memorial honoring the Baseball Hall of Fame legend located at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.
Some of their other projects they have completed locally include: the Coal Miner Statue’s located at McDade Park in Scranton and in Olyphant, the Police and Fire Fighter Memorials located in the City of Scranton, the recent Carol Ann Drazba Nurse’s Memorial located at the Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton and the Coach John “Papa Bear” Henzes Memorial in Peckville.