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Veteran War Memorials in the Southern Conference States – Part 1

Veteran War Memorials in the Southern Conference States – Part 1

by meredith whiten, April 8, 2015

Veteran war memorials are historical touchstones; tangible elements that help families of fallen soldiers face the future. They offer a place to grieve, teach our children, and instill great pride. Veteran memorials provide a focus for both loss and homage.They connect the past with the future and protect the memory of insurmountable sacrifice.

We’ve highlighted some of the large and/or unique war memorials, especially honoring veterans of foreign wars, throughout the Southern Conference states. This post (Part 1) covers war memorials in the first seven states, so visit Veterans Memorials in the Southern Conference State – Part 2 for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Arkansas

veteran war memorial - Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial

Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial website.

The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial 

A traveling memorial

“We are not here to honor what happened to these Fallen Heroes, but to honor who they were, what they were doing, and what they had become and to thank them by forever remembering them for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and rights that we have todayHonoring the fallen isn’t just the right thing to do. It is everyone’s responsibility.” -Rob Hopper

This traveling memorial is a flag field designed to honor all Arkansas citizens who died while serving on active duty since 9/11/2001.

 

The Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial 

Little Rock, AR

Located in downtown Little Rock, this memorial honors 461 Arkansans who were killed in the Korean War. Each of them are listed here in black granite surrounding impressive statues as a standing tribute to their sacrifice.

“A unique aspect of this Memorial is the fact that most of the money for the construction of the Memorial came from the Republic of Korea to honor the veterans that fought and died for their freedom.” (source)

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial

Little Rock, AR

This memorial honoring Arkansans who served in the Vietnam War is also located in central Little Rock and is surrounded by quite a few other memorials and historic monuments.

 

Alabama

veteran memorial from Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation

Photo courtesy of the Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation website.

The Alabama Veterans Memorial Park

Birmingham, AL

Alabama boasts more volunteers than any other state in the country and the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, helps remember each of them.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Mobile, AL

This impressive memorial pays homage to Alabama veterans from all military branches and includes the Battleship USS ALABAMA from WWII, a helicopter suspended in flight, a submarine (WWII), and an extensive air force collection.

The Battleship Park grounds also host a veteran-built Vietnam memorial, a Korean memorial, and more.

Centennial Memorial Park

Anniston, AL

The black granite walls host the names of every military man/woman who sacrificed their lives in the wars of the 20th century, i.e., World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf. Alabama legislation recently deemed this as the official war memorial for Afghanistan and Iraq Alabama veterans, as well.

 

Florida

War memorial

Photo courtesy of the Veterans Memorial Park website.

Veterans Memorial Park

Pensacola, FL

The Veterans Memorial Park is dedicated to the memories of those who have died in the service of Country both in times of war and in times of peace. A World War I, World War II, and Korean War memorial take center stage.

The Veterans Memorial Wall

Jacksonville, FL

The Veterans Memorial Wall pays tribute to more than 1,500 Jacksonville area war heroes. It is the largest of its kind at 65 feet long and is the only wall that honors veterans from all 6 branches.

 

Georgia

War memorial pic - Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial

Photo courtesy of the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial website.

Walk of Heroes Veteran War Memorial

Conyers, GA

The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial is a “visual and interactive” memorial that aids in public understanding of veteran sacrifice during and since the 20th century. Veteran families are also highlighted for their sacrifice that helped maintain the protection of American freedom.

Veterans Memorial and Medal of Honor Park

Tallapoosa, GA

This memorial includes the Wall of Tears, the Medal of Honor Fountain, and the League-Lowe Memorial. In 2011, a Twin Towers replica memorial to the fallen in 9/11/2001 was added along with a piece of iron from one of the towers.

 

Kentucky

war memorial - Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial website.

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Frankfort, KY

The plaza of the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial holds the names of the 1,103 Kentucky citizens who died in Vietnam. Each soldier’s name is located in an exact location so that the shadow of the large sundial will touch each veteran’s name on the anniversary of his death.

Veterans Memorial Park of Kentucky

PeWee Valley, KY

This unopened park will boast a 33,000 square foot area providing historical information about wars and military actions where American’s died, as well as information about significant individuals in military history. The park will display large monuments illustrating or representing historical events.

 

Louisiana

War memorials - National WWII Museum

Photo courtesy of the National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum

New Orleans, LA

The National WWII Museum tells the entire World War II story: why it was fought, how it was won ,and what it means for today.

USS KIDD Veterans Memorial Museum

Baton Rouge, LA
The Veterans Memorial Museum has several special attractions, including the Louisiana Veterans Hall of Honor, the USS Baton Rouge Exhibit and Exhibition Room, a Freedom Shrine, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a P-40E Warhawk fighter plane, a vigil to lost sailors, Korean War monument, and much more.

Mississippi

war memorial - Mississippi

Photo courtesy of the Visit Mississippi website.

Mississippi War Memorial Building

Jackson, MS
The art deco style Memorial Building depicts battle scenes from WWI as well as other battles important to Mississippi. The site also features a monument to the Confederate dead.

 

Tupelo Veterans Museum

 Tupelo, Mississippi
The Tupelo Veterans Museum pays tribute to those who fought for our country in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Wars.
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. –President Lincoln, first inaugural address
Is one of these war memorials especially meaningful or poignant to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments or if there is a special war memorial that you’d like added to the list.

 

 

 

 

 

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