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Veterans Memorial Wall, Jacksonville

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The Veterans Memorial Wall is located at 1145 East Adams Street, adjacent to TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The quarter-million dollar monument was dedicated in November, 1995 and serves as a tribute to more than 1,500 Jacksonville area American war heroes. The outdoor memorial was promoted as "the largest of its kind" and "the only wall that honors veterans from all six [service] branches" (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine).

The 65-foot (20 m) long black granite monument contains the names of servicemen and women from World War I through Operation Desert Storm and the current war on terrorism. In front of the wall stands a torch with an eternal flame.

The Wall is the site of the city's Memorial Day ceremony, when any local servicewoman and serviceman who lost their lives in the prior year are honored and their names added to the obelisque.
Every Memorial Day since the monument was completed, a group of family, friends and classmates of Navy pilot Scott Speicher gather at the wall. Speicher, who grew up in Jacksonville, was shot down on the first night of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. His remains went unrecovered until August 2, 2009.
When the Wall was built, it was located just eight feet (2.4 m) from the exterior wall of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and extraordinary measures were taken to protect it when the Coliseum was demolished in 2003. When all of the debris was removed and the site restored to grade, the Memorial was surrounded by a 2-acre (8,100 m2) walking park.

An additional 2,500-pound (1,130 kg) base and 5,000-pound (2,270 kg) panel were added in 2005 to provide space for those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it became clear that the single panel would not be sufficient, based on the course of the war, so one more was added prior to the Memorial Day ceremony in 2010, the 15th anniversary of the monument. Ten names were added in 2010, four of which are on the most recent panel, which brings the total number to over 1,600. Four more names were added in 2014.
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  • The Veteran’s Memorial Wall pays tribute to members of Duval County who lost their lives while serving our country. The names are listed by war, starting with WWI to current. The memorial is very... 
    The Veteran’s Memorial Wall pays tribute to members of Duval County who lost their lives while serving our country. The names are listed by war, starting with WWI to current. The memorial is very...  more »
  • Looked for it but never saw any signs anywhere about it..Figured it wasn't such a big attraction.. several towns in around country have their own walls now. their is another one a big one in... 
    Looked for it but never saw any signs anywhere about it..Figured it wasn't such a big attraction.. several towns in around country have their own walls now. their is another one a big one in...  more »
  • This memorial in downtown Jacksonville recognizes the men and women who have given all for our country. It is a well laid out memorial paying great respect. 
    This memorial in downtown Jacksonville recognizes the men and women who have given all for our country. It is a well laid out memorial paying great respect.  more »
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  • This memorial is even beautiful at night. We passed this memorial as we were leaving the stadium. We never knew it was there. It's such a shame that something this important is not in a more prominent place in Jacksonville. Yes, the stadium gets visited by many people, but most of them are going to or coming from an event. How many people actually stop at the Wall? It was the flame of the unknown soldier that caught my eye.Otherwise we probably would not have noticed and kept on going.
  • Great place to remember all those who fought and died in service to this country. Had a Navy Master Chief retirement here. Great venue, and we even got the Navy band to play for a bit.
  • Very beautiful memorial honoring all branches of the military.
  • Beautiful memorial wall, it brought emotions to everyone in my family. Even my 3 year old was solemn as we took a moment to thank those that have served.
  • Beautiful scenery! I was there for the pinning Ceremony for my brother in law.

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