Honoring WWII National Efforts


  • April 1, 2015
  • /   Emmalee Sutton
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This year Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is paying tribute to the fallen men and women of our nation by featuring one memorial each month. The month of April is honoring the soldiers who fought and risked their lives in World War II.

From Rails to Trails


  • April 1, 2015
  • /   Emmalee Sutton
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Just northeast of Pensacola, an 8.1mile trail in Milton, FL served as part of the early 1900s railroad to haul lumber from local longleaf pine forests to a sawmill in Bagdad, FL. This industry contributed to the evolution of towns along the railroad route. The rail line discontinued service in the 1930’s, but when America entered WWII, the United States Navy reopened and rebuilt the rails to ship aviation fuel to Whiting Field Naval Air Station.

Park Foundation yearns for new memorial


  • March 31, 2015
  • /   Marketta Davis, pnj.com - Photos, John Blackie
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Veterans Memorial Park is decorated with memorials from WWI up through the Vietnam War and now a new possibility is on the horizon.

Veterans Memorial Park ups security


  • March 5, 2015
  • /   Marketta Davis, pnj.com - Photos, Tony Giberson
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In light of last year's Veterans Memorial Park vandalism, the Park Foundation has contracted a private company for security patrols that will begin over the next couple of days, according to Foundation president, Capt. W.A. "Butch" Hansen.

NAS Pensacola


  • March 3, 2015
  • /   Emmalee Sutton
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As the first permanent naval air station in the U.S., Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS Pensacola) became a pioneer in many fields of aviation. Since Pensacola has a climate that is suitable for year-round flying, the decision to build was apparent, and in 1914, after its creation, NAS Pensacola began a legacy of production. Within three years, the station produced the first altitude records as well as the development of aircraft catapult launching.

Honoring our WWI Soldiers


  • March 2, 2015
  • /   Emmalee Sutton
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Citizens of Pensacola visit the park to reflect on the sacrifices of their loved ones who served our nation in WWI, as well as other wars. The memorial proudly represents the city and the men of Escambia County. It stands for those who cut the path before us so we can live free.

Veteran's Memorial Park is getting a security upgrade


  • February 5, 2015
  • /   www.weartv.com
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WEAR Channel 3 News reports on VMP's new security features.

Pensacola in the Civil War


  • February 2, 2015
  • /   Emmalee Sutton
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Pensacola experienced numerous transitions during the civil war. Florida seceded from the Union, Confederate forces seized Fort Pickins, the union army later triumphed in taking back Pensacola. Through these many changes Pensacola remained a major port city and played an important role in the Civil War.

Major William Chase and Pensacola


  • February 2, 2015
  • /   Emmalee Sutton
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Major William Chase, while serving the confederacy, played an important role in helping the economy of Pensacola grow in the years before the Civil War. He was responsible for creating new industry in and around the city. His primary job was overseeing the construction of the ports, and eventually forts, not only in Pensacola, but along the Gulf Coast.

Andrew Pickens and the Battle of Cowpens


  • January 12, 2015
  • /   Tara Bradley
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Andrew Pickens, and his militia, played a crucial role in the Battle of Cowpens. It was considered the turning point for the war in the Southern Colonies. Pickens took a stand for freedom and in doing so was awarded for his bravery in defending the independence of America. Fort Pickens, located in Pensacola, Florida, is named in his honor.