The purpose of the Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County (VMPJC) is to preserve the memory and history of our Jackson County military veterans. The park will be a place where residents and visitors can go to reflect, honor, and pay tribute to our Jackson County military men and women that have sacrificed for and served their country. The park will provide a dignified atmosphere with memorials and prominent military displays. Educational kiosks will surround the memorial circle, providing an excellent educational tool for our youth and the community to learn about the United States military. Kiosks will contain information on US military conflicts and other military information.
In the summer of 2014, Scottsboro VFW Post 6073 acquired a Korean War era M103 series Army tank. The tank was transported to Scottsboro and placed on display on veteran owned property adjacent to the VFW and American Legion Post Home.
While finalizing the arrangements to transport the tank, veterans started to discuss the possibilities of transforming about 6 acres of veteran owned property into a Veterans Memorial Park for all of Jackson County. The tank would be the cornerstone of the park and the first of several military displays planned for the park.
A steering committee was formed in 2014 from interested veterans and other local officials, including the mayor of Scottsboro and the chairman of the Jackson County Commission. The steering committee then began work on organizing and planning for development of the park. Early work of the steering committee was formation of a non-profit entity for the park donations and presentations to city and town councils in Jackson County to inform them of the park. In July 2015, the formation of a non-profit IRS 501(c) corporation was completed. The committee then moved forward with preparing, reviewing and approving design plans.
On Memorial Day, May 31, 2016, a ground breaking ceremony was held to initiate the construction phase of the park. Progress on earth moving moved slowly as donated equipment from the city and county was utilized as time permitted. After a very wet winter and spring, earthwork resumed in late spring 2017. In October, 2017, using volunteers for forming and a concrete contractor, the first concrete was placed for the 100’ diameter Monument Circle star. A ceremony was held just prior to that where sands from foreign military conflict beaches were buried directly under the middle of the star. In January 2018, concrete for the Monument Circle was completed. On May 25, 2019, the black granite Honor Wall and five service monuments for each branch of the Armed Forces were dedicated. In August, a Cobra helicopter was obtained for refurbishment. In September, work began on the Pavilion. In August 2020 the Brotherhood Pavilion was dedicated.
The Park dedication is planned for November 14, 2020. Remaining work at that time will be some additional connecting sidewalks, the Patriots walking trail next to the back ditch line, and installation of the Ajax missile display.