(CFVMPF) Memorial DedicationPresident Debbie L. Berry and several other AUSA Sunshine Chapter members attended the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation (CFVMPF) Memorial Dedication and Ribbon Cutting on Veterans Day, 11 November 2013.
The Central Florida Veteran’s Memorial Park Foundation, Inc. (CFVMPF) w as founded in 2003 to develop a World Class memorial park to honor the approximately 1,100+ Veterans who left the six counties the new Lake Nona VA Hospital will serve in service to our Nation and gave their all in support of Combat Operations.
Just seven months after the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation (CFVMPF) broke ground on the Memorial to the Fallen, construction has been completed and was dedicated on Veterans Day. The CF Veterans Memorial Park is located on an acre of land donated by the Lake Nona Land Company, LLC. It will eventually connect to 24 miles of bike and side walk path in the Lake Nona Medical City. It is the first memorial to be built adjacent to any VA Hospital in the nation.
Some facts associatedw ith the CFVMPF memorial include:
The total number of names on these walls is 1174.
Here is the approximate breakout by county
– Brevard 172 names
– Lake 125 names
– Orange 515 names (almost half the total list)
– Osceola 35 names
– Seminole 101 names
– Volusia 226 names
There are 4 Medal of Honor Recipients among these names
133 – World War I names.
556 – World War II names – one Medal of Honor recipient – Marine Corps Private Robert McTureous,
Jr., Company H, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division
64 – Korea names – one Medal of Honor recipient – Army Private First Class Emory L. Bennett, Bravo
Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
337 – Vietnamnames – one Medal of Honor recipient – Marine Corps Corporal Larry E. Smedley,
Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
2 – Persian Gulf
29 – Operation Enduring Freedomnames – one Medal of Honor recipient – Army Staff Sergeant
Robert J. Miller, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group
41 – Operation Iraqi Freedomnames
3 – Operation New Dawn names
9 – War on Terror names.
Central Flor ida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation (CFVMPF) Memorial Dedication
Brevard 172 names
Lake 125 names
Orange 515 names (almost half the total list)
Osceola 35 names
Seminole 101 names
Volusia 226 names
Local dignitaries included:
US Senator Bill Nelson
Congressman John Mica, Florida’s 7th District
Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County
Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando;
CFVMPF Chairman Jerry Pierce & CFVMPF President DeLloyd Voorhees, Jr.
CFVMPF Board Members cutting the ribbon. Sunshine Chapter members include: President Debbie L. Berry, EXCOM Members COL (ret) DeLloyd Voorhees, Jr, LTC (ret) Earle L. Denton; COL (ret) Greg Maida
Gold Star Family Members