Veterans Memorial Park was developed as a memorial for all veterans of the United States Armed Services and as a tribute to the Northington General Hospital, one of the largest military hospitals in the world at the end of WWII. The park is also the site of such amenities as an M60-A3 tank, the Purple Heart Memorial and the mast of the USS Tuscaloosa. The "Honor Roll of Veterans," an ongoing project of Veterans Memorial Park, serves as a monument to honor veterans.
The Veterans Memorial Park Committee, working with representatives of the City of Tuscaloosa, PARA and the private sector, created an educational veterans park. The Park preserves a historical site, honors our veterans and keeps our veterans' memory alive. The Committee is a group of more than twenty Tuscaloosa veterans who represent all branches of the military service, all wars and conflicts since WWII, and all the fraternal and social veterans' organizations in Tuscaloosa County.
The Veterans Memorial Park honors those who risked their lives to defend our freedom. It is an invaluable educational resource for our children and for future generations. Please consider supporting the Veterans Memorial Park Endowment Fund on a regular basis, with a generosity that reflects the Park's significance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (205) 331-5600 or visit http://www.tuscaloosaveteranspark.org/.
|Veterans Day Program, November 11, 10am|
The guest speaker will be Senator Richard Shelby, a native of Tuscaloosa and the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the senior Republican on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
Opening remarks will be made by Maria R. Andrews, Director of the Tuscaloosa Veterans Medical Center. The ceremony will feature a variety of patriotic observances including the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Armed Forces Medley, Gun Volley Salute and Taps by the Tuscaloosa County American Legion Honor Guard.
The unveiling of a monument in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Earle Davis Gregory, a WWI Medal of Honor recipient, is also planned. In March of 1919, Sgt. Gregory was presented the Medal of Honor by President Woodrow Wilson for extraordinary heroism displayed on October 8, 1918 at Bois-de-Consenvoye, France.
“With the remark, ‘I will get them’, Sergeant Gregory seized a rifle and a trench-mortar shell, left his detachment of the trench-mortar platoon, and advancing ahead of the Infantry, captured a machinegun and three of the enemy. Advancing still farther from the machinegun nest, he captured a 7.5- centimeter mountain howitzer and entering a dugout in the immediate vicinity, single-handedly captured 19 of the enemy.” On January 6, 1972, Gregory died at his home in Tuscaloosa and is buried at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park in Section 18, lot 60.
The Veterans Day Ceremony is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Park Association and PARA.
|Veterans Memorial Park Endowment|
The Veterans Memorial Park Association is encouraging all veterans and/or their survivors to attend and play an active role in supporting the Veterans Memorial Park Endowment. The park occupies an important niche in the history of Tuscaloosa.
Veterans Memorial Park is maintained through the Veterans Memorial Park Endowment. This permanent endowment ensures that there is an adequate continual maintenance and enhancement funds for the park. The Board of the Directors of the PARA Foundation manages the endowment. Donors may make gifts to the PARA Foundation, designating it for the Veterans Endowment at any time and gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. The PARA Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.
For more information on the Veterans Park Memorial Endowment and the Honor Roll of Veterans Wall, click here.
For more information, please email or call Debra Gibson (205) 331-5600