HONOR ALL FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR; REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET THOSE MISSING IN ACTION HEROES AND THE FAMILIES WHO SEEK THEIR RETURN.
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The Cecil Field National POW/MIA Memorial Park is located on 26 acres in Northeast Florida at the former NAS Cecil Field Master Jet Base (now known as Cecil Commerce Center). The existing Memorial Park was dedicated to those Naval Aviators stationed at NAS Cecil Field during the Vietnam and Desert Storm War eras. The site currently consists of markers and associated planted trees for each of the 16 pilots (known as Hero’s Walk and Freedom Trees), a pavilion with a stage area, a starburst metal display of aircraft, and a granite base seal of this former Master Jet Base. The City of Jacksonville approved a City ordinance to lease this 26-acre property to the organization.
The “Vietnam War Memorial” at Cecil Field was originally dedicated on September 11, 1973 by the families and service members who wanted to ensure these brave men would never be FORGOTTEN. Trees were planted for each pilot and markers added with engravings. A driving force behind establishing the memorial was Mary Hoff, wife of MIA pilot LCDR Michael G. Hoff. Along with other spouses and family members, they assisted in making the memorial a reality. Mary was also instrumental in developing the universal symbol known as the POW/MIA flag. Besides the American flag, this is the only other flag authorized to fly over the White House and the only other flag that can fly on the same pole as the American flag. Undoubtedly, this flag has become a very important symbol for the POWs and MIAs, their families and friends, and the enduring cause that they will never be FORGOTTEN.
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With the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial, we can renew our commitment to all those who hove worn the uniform, to the children and families, and thank them for their unselfishness and bravery.Bill Nelson
The proposal to build the Cecil Field Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Museum is a great opportunity to honor the service members who did not return home from war.Marco Rubio
The POW/MIA Memorial would serve to honor those who fought selflessly and tirelessly to preserve our American values and way of life. This monument would be a haven of reverence, so we may remember them and pay respects to our nation’s heroes.Al Lawson, Jr.
Your proposal to use part of the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field for a POW/MIA Memorial is a fitting location to pay tribute to this very special group. Given that Mary Hoff, the creator of the POW/MIA flag, is a long-time resident of Jacksonville, and that her husband, Lieutenant Commander Michael G. Hoff, is memorialized at Cecil Field, there could not be a more appropriate site for the POW/MIA Memorial.John Rutherford
Unaccounted for From Past Conflicts
From The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency as of May 18, 2018.
“The Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial supports the efforts of our government and foreign governments to achieve the fullest possible accounting for those still Missing in Action and unaccounted for from all wars – past, present and future. See the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) website at dpaa.mil for additional information about those who are still unaccounted for.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2018 Point of Contact: Chaplain Pat Archuleta As we continue our focus on the brave acts of the “Four Chaplains” who gave their lives to save others, this news release will highlight the second of the Four Chaplains in this month’s news...
Memorial also will honor military personnel and their families who lived and worked at the base. A chapel renovation and road dedication launched a $30 million commitment for a national POW-MIA Memorial at the...
Thanks to Pro Coatings Unlimited (PCU), the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass sanctuary is now painted and one step closer to being fully restored. PCU did an excellent and outstanding professional job. Lead by Randall Gravitt, general manager, and James Richburg,...
Jacksonville City Council took unanimous action May 22 to rename a local road the POW-MIA Memorial Parkway in honor of former prisoners of war and the more than 82,000 servicemen and women still considered missing in action. New World Avenue, which runs from Cecil...
We would like to take this time to recognize Pro Coatings Unlimited (PCU) for their excellent work at the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass. PCU has been painting the interior of the Chapel and providing much of the other work necessary to restore this historic...
On May 17th, in Sarasota, Florida, Lyn Corley (pictured center) was presented with the 2018 Samuel Proctor Award for her oral history on “Conversations from Cecil Field” series. Mrs. Corley spent over a year conducting interviews of service members, spouses and...