Military Memorial Park

The Melbourne Military Memorial Park was opened to the public at a Memorial Day, 2003, dedication ceremony.  The park is located between Hickory and Oak streets, adjacent to Honor America’s Liberty Bell Museum.

The concept for the park was originated by veterans Bill Barnett and Ed Palmer, who at the time was a member of the City Council. "This park is a place for people to congregate and to remember those who have served, and a place to celebrate our freedoms," said Barnett.

Palmer explained that along with memorials to the branches of military service, the park has monuments providing facts about 10 wars that created and shaped the nation. "These wars were fought to give us the liberties that we have today," he explained.

Information is available from Honor America at 727-1776.

Contributions of support to continue development of the park are being accepted.  Along with monetary donations, contributions of oak trees for the park have been made.  Trees are accepted from nurseries, other businesses, or individuals.  Oak trees can be contributed as memorials.  For information contact the City of Melbourne Parks Division at (321) 953-6230.

World War II pilot Bill Barnett, who trained at the Melbourne Naval Air Station, said that central to the park is a memorial to the 63 pilots and two enlisted men who died in flight training activities at Melbourne. Other memorials along a concrete walkway are dedicated to the branches of military service and to the Civil War.   A drawing of the park is available and indicates where memorials are placed.

Dedication Ceremony - Memorial Day 2003


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