Get outside for the holiday weekend and experience the true meaning of Memorial Day with a visit to Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola, FL.
The park is home to several memorials recognizing those that served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror. In addition, there are memorials honoring Submarine Vets, a Purple Heart Memorial, a Monument to Children, and the Minuteman Memorial.
Relax & Reflect
Veterans Memorial Park has a walking path that traces around a large pond. Take a walk with friends or family while you reflect on the service of those who have fought for our country.
Read the inscriptions on the monuments and plaques across the park to experience the gravity of what participants sacrificed in the conflicts. Be sure to make a visit to the Wall South. It’s a half scale replica of the Vietnam Wall located in Washington, D.C.
Help Support Veterans Memorial Park
There are a variety of ways in which you can show your support for Veterans Memorial Park. One way is to become a “Friend of the Park” with a monthly contribution. Donations to the park’s General Fund are always welcome and support for the Walk of Honor Brick Paver Program is ongoing.
More Information about the Park
Veterans Memorial Park is governed by the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 organization. According to the park’s website “The goal of this Foundation is to operate the Park in such a manner that no tax-payer funds are expended in its care and maintenance.”
The city of Pensacola and the foundation hope to maintain and improve the park over time, so that generations to come will be aware of the sacrifice made by those who made it home from the conflicts and those that did not.
History of the Memorial Day Holiday
The origins of the Memorial Day holiday trace back to the years following the United States Civil War. On May 30, 1868, the first “Decoration Day” was held where mourners decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers who died in combat. The 1868 event had been inspired by many local community observances that had taken place in the years following the end of the Civil War.
Following World War I, observers begin to commemorate those that lost their lives in all the country’s wars. Then, in 1971, Congress decreed that Memorial Day would be a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.
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