Veterans Memorial Park

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Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park is to honor the memory of those who have given their lives in the service and defense of the United States of America.

World War I Memorial
Veterans Memorial Park is home to Pensacola's World War I Monument. This marble memorial was moved from it's Garden street location, to Veterans Memorial Park by the Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Florida (VVNF).

World War II Memorial
The monument is designed to represent the entire national effort in WW II, highlighting those who formed the tip of the spear in this effort, the combat troops. Be they Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Army Air Corp., or Merchant Marine.

The design consists of a 12 foot high centerpiece of a white marble Roman numeral II faced with a bronze V for victory. Surrounding the centerpiece, are larger than life bronze figures, representing the American fighting forces and the women that served.

Korean War Memorial
In 2004 the hundreds of local veterans of Korea began action to recognize the values of that war. They were aided by willing volunteers, and together raised $350,000 to place a memorial honoring all who served. That memorial now stands alongside monuments recognizing sacrifices of those who served in World War I, World War II, and Vietnam.

Vietnam War Memorial
Veterans Memorial Park is the home to Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Florida's "Wall South", a one half scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Wall South is 256 feet long, each wing is 128 feet long, and consists of 32 panels per wing. Height at the center is 8 feet 2 inches and descends in height to two inches at the ends As noted earlier, the Wall South lists the names of all 58,219 men and women listed as KIA or MIA from the war in Vietnam. The names are inscribed in the black granite face of the two walls.

Marine Bell Tower Memorial
The Marine Aviation Memorial Tower pays tribute to those men and women of America who swore an oath to defend this nation by serving with Marine Aviation in all warfare specialties, including those Marines who have maintained, crewed, controlled and supported Marine Aviation training and operations. The Memorial is dedicated to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this great nation.

Submarine Vets
Submarine Lifeguard League refers to operations assigned to Pacific Fleet Submarines from 1943 through 1945. Submarines assigned were to patrol close inshore during aerial bombardment of enemy held islands and to perform rescue duties for any aircraft shot down while in the target area. Starting in 1943, with the Gilbert Islands campaign and concluding at the cessation of hostilities in 1945. The record success shows that 503 Aviators and crew were rescued and the 504th being none other than former President George W. Bush.

Global War on Terror
After local soldier, Army Specialist Jamvis Armour, returned home critically wounded only to find his home destroyed by Hurricane Ivan the local community began to seek ways to help. A new subcommittee called Global War on Terrorism Vets in Need was formed with help from U. S. Representative Jeff Miller, and it now exists to assist severely injured soldiers and service members returning home. Many of the plaques throughout the park are in honor of these brave men and women.

Purple Heart Memorial
The Purple Heart is the oldest American military combat honor still in existence. Awarded to those who are wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States, the Purple Heart is a symbol of courage and dedication in the face of mortal danger.


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