A Sub-Committee was formed in August 2009 to design and raise funds to have this Memorial built. It was the first Memorial built for a specific theater of war. The County agreed to match whatever we raised for this Memorial and to date, January 1, 2016 $95,000 dollars has been raised. This Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 2011 in a ceremony that was attended by three different TV networks and hundred’s of people from all over the state of Florida.
When Jim Basta passed the Memorial was dedicated to his memory. We also included a reproduction of the Women’s memorial in Washington, DC, in black granite to honor all our Women Veterans. We had to obtain permission from the designer and the Memorial as well. We are very proud to display this in the Vietnam Theater of War.
With-in this memorial are two Helicopters which the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association of Florida procured and then repaired, painted and donated to Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park. Each of these Helicopters spent some time in Vietnam. The Huey came from Fort Knox and the Cobra from Camp Drum, NY 10th Mtn Division.