Memorial Day in 1997 was celebrated on May 24 and many Americans far and wide held cookouts and barbeques.
However, something special was taking place in Tampa that day. Many of Tampa’s leaders, veterans and politicians were attending a very special ceremony that day at Veterans Memorial Park.
Major General Joseph Lutz and the assembled quests stood in front of six, seven foot column’s of White Georgia Cherokee Marble that represent the five branches of our services with the forward tablet carved out with the Great Seal of the United States.
The Capstones are carved from White Cherokee Georgia Marble with Etowah Pink Marble laid beneath each tablet to signify the blood shed for Democracy. The thirteen flutes are symbolic of our colonies and the fifty stars are symbolic of our states. Each of the six marble tablets are relief carvings of the five branches of the services and the great seal of the USA.
The “Freedom Memorial” was the work of the Veterans Freedom Memorial Committee, Inc. formed by a team of very vocal veterans led by Dave Braun, county officials, Trustees, Board of County Commissioners and the Tampa City Council.
Events of great significance yet to take place that are now known, all spring from the unveiling of the Freedom Memorial on May 24, 1997 at Veterans Memorial Park.
This Memorial site is considered hallowed ground by many veterans and will forever be a place to honor and hold dear those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.