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VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

 

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) 562-3220 or visit http://www.tuscaloosaveteranspark.org/.

Veterans Day Program, November 11, 10am
 

The Veterans Park Memorial Association of Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will hold a memorial service at the Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, November 11 at 10am. The event is free and open to the public.


The park is located near the corner of McFarland Blvd. and 15th Street close to University Mall in Tuscaloosa.  Address: 1701 McFarland Blvd.

For the first time, the event will be combining programs with PARA’s Veterans Memorial Park Committee and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. The featured speaker will be Lt. General Willie J. Williams, Retired USMC Director of the Marine Corps Staff.

 

In addition to the keynote speaker, a special feature will include the reenactment of the Iwo Jima flag raising. The Presentation of Colors, a salute to our veterans and patriotic music are additional highlights.

Representatives from the VAMC will be on hand after the program to answer questions and enroll veterans and their families into programs/services for which they are eligible.

Retired Lt. General Willie Williams became the Director of the Marine Corps Staff in 2011 making him third in command for the entire Marine Corps behind only the commandant and the assistant commandant. To date, he is one of only four African-American Marines to wear three stars.

Lt. General Williams received his B.A. degree in business from Stillman College and was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps in May, 1974. He later received M.A. degrees from National University in San Diego, California in 1992, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. 

Among his many awards and recognitions, General Williams’ military honors include the Legion of Merit with a gold star, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendations Medals. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Stillman College and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Albany State University.

Veterans will be on hand to accept applications for names to be placed on the Honor Roll of Veterans monuments within the park. Any service member from Alabama, who has served honorably on active duty or in the reserve components of the Armed Forces, at any time, may have his/her name engraved on the memorial. The engraved names represent a lasting tribute to the person who served and includes the name, branch of service and conflict or war. The fee is $100 per name to be etched into the black granite stones of the memorial.

 

Click here for a copy of the 2013 Veterans Day Program

 
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.

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For more information on the Veterans Park Memorial Endowment and the Honor Roll of Veterans Wall, click here.

For an application for the Veterans Wall of Honor, click here.

For more information, please email or call Debra Gibson (205) 562-3220

 
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