Purpose

The purpose of the Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County (VMPJC) is fourfold:

  • Honor the men and women from Jackson County who served and sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedoms.
  • Recognize and honor all military servicemen and women
  • Honor and remember Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) service members.

Educate our citizens with an emphasis on our children, on US military history.

Park Features

MONUMENT CIRCLE: This 100’ diameter concrete circle contains the central features of the Park:

  • HONOR WALL: Granite wall with the inscribed names of 227 Jackson County service members killed in combat
  • SERVICE MONUMENTS: Granite monuments recognizing the six branches of the Armed Forces and POW/MIA service members.
  • SOIL MARKER: A marker in the Circle center positioned directly over where soil is buried that was collected from battlefields around the world
  • KIOSKS: 36 panels that chronicle the wars and conflict fought by the United States and information on US military service
  • FLAGS: Flags of the United States of America, Alabama State Flag, and POW/MIA remembrance flag.

BROTHERHOOD PAVILION:

  • Covered pavilion with bathrooms with a special dedication plaque recognizing the brotherhood of two local veterans.

MILITARY DISPLAYS

  • Tank
  • Cobra helicopter
  • Cannons
  • Anchor
  • Missile (future)
  • Huey helicopter (future)

PATRIOTS WALKWAY

  • Paved walking trail along the backside of the Park with panels recognizing 10 Medal of Honor recipients from the State of Alabama

ENTRANCE PLAQUE:

  • Plaque with Park history and information

DONOR PANEL

  • Granite panel that recognizes donors of cash, materials, and services

BRICK PAVERS:

  • Entrance walkway to Monument Circle with pavers engraved with personal inscriptions

BENCHES

  • Granite Benches throughout the Park from donors with personal inscriptions

TAPS

  • TAPS, a bugle call to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their County is played every evening at official sunset.

History

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 the development of the park.  Early work of the steering committee was the 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 groundbreaking 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 was dedicated on  November 14, 2020.  The remaining work includes additional connecting sidewalks, additional walkway lighting, the Patriots Walkway next to the back ditch line, and the installation of additional military displays.

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