The Doughboy Statue is an iconic symbol of the Lawrenceville neighborhood and was dedicated in 1921 after the community fundraised for the monument to honor residents of Pittsburgh's 6th Ward (Lawrenceville and Polish Hill neighborhoods) who served. The names of WWII veterans were added in 1947, including dozens who died in action.
The statue was vandalized with red paint overnight into Memorial Day on May 25th. Thankfully, the City of Pittsburgh responded immediately and with support from neighbors had the paint removed before Memorial Day was even over. This fundraiser is set up to make positive out of a negative act and to anticipate future restoration needs of the Doughboy statue, as well as ongoing maintenance of the landscaping around it, which has long been maintained by volunteers from the community.