In December of 1987, The Moving Wall--a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial--arrived in Pensacola and was displayed for five days. When it came time for The Wall to move on, some of the veterans who had stood vigil while The Wall was in town decided that Pensacola should have its own permanent monument honoring Vietnam Veterans.
It was the start of a vision and the beginning of a tribute to those who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. With the help and support of family, friends, local businesses, service members, and community leaders the dream became a reality; the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park was established in October of 1992 on Bayfront Parkway. In the 30 years since, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial has stood alongside monuments for WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Global War on Terror, and other memorials honoring our Nation's past and present Warfighters.
2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park. We hope that you will join us in the many events throughout the year celebrating this milestone, culminating in the Anniversary Celebration happening this October. Stay tuned and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on these upcoming events. Until then, below we've provided videos showcasing The Park's history and positive impact on Veterans and the local community.
In this short documentary, local station WSRE traces the history of Veterans Memorial Park with archival photographs and footage, as well as interviews with those who made the dream a reality.
30 years ago, the hard-work and tenacity of local Veterans and the Pensacola community allowed Wall South overcome budgetary, legislative, and logistical hurdles and was opened to the public with solemn yet enthusiastic fanfare. The dedication ceremony was quite an elaborate event, as you can see in this original video production of the opening day in 1992. As you watch this charmingly grainy footage of speeches from local leaders and politicians who have long since retired and perhaps even chuckle at the bygone hairstyles and fashions of those in attendance, take the time to notice the emotional impact the memorial had on the community members and Veterans in the crowd. They have no idea what is to come for future generations of Veterans, yet they are no different than we are now. Such a through-line between generations is what makes The Wall resonate with the same intensity today as it did decades ago.
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FOR THE READING
OF THE WALL
The 58,318 names engraved on the granite panels will be read aloud at the apex of The Wall South by community members, students, veterans and active duty personnel. This solemn process, which will begin on Saturday, November 5th, will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Thursday, November 10 and will require over 1,200 volunteers.
To participate in the Reading, schedule a day and time by clicking the button below.