VyStar Announces $150,000 Matching Challenge Toward National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum

VyStar Credit Union announced today it would match up to $150,000 in community contributions for the initial phase of the National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum at Cecil Commerce Center.

NATIONAL POW/MIA MEMORIAL and MUSEUM

To ensure a future that embraces, honors, educates and celebrates with respect to
America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Service Members.

$82 for 82,000

The $82 per year to honor the remaining 82,000 service members still missing will provide the necessary funds to provide operating funds to maintain the memorial and museum.

Memorial Bricks

“In Honor of” Bricks at the Benefactor Plaza.

Honor your hero with a memorial brick by creating a lasting memento
and tribute to a loved one who served their country.

Support The Memorial

Your donations matter and will help us to achieve our goals to ensure a future that embraces, honors, educates and celebrates with respect to America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Service Members.

Shop Our Online Store

Our online store is now open. Take a look at our POW/MIA themed shirts, hats, patches, challenge coins and more.

We Are Looking For Volunteers

We are looking for special people to support and work for the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial.

Our Mission

Honor All Former Prisoners of War; Remember and Never Forget Those Missing In Action Heroes and the Families Who Seek Their Return.

The National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum is located on 26-acres in Northeast Florida at the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Master Jet Base (1941-1999) currently known as Cecil Commerce Center.

The original POW/MIA Memorial, located just south of the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass, was dedicated to those Naval Aviators stationed at NAS Cecil Field during Vietnam and Desert Shield/Storm eras. This area is often referred to as Heroes’ Walk & Freedom Trees. The “Vietnam War Memorial” was originally dedicated on September 11, 1973 by the families and service members who wanted to ensure these brave men would never be FORGOTTEN.  A pavilion with a stage area, a metal starburst display of aircraft, and a granite base seal of this former Master Jet Base were located at the end of the boulevard amongst the pines. This area was often used by the base for recognition services and ceremonies.

A driving force behind establishing the original memorial was Mary Hoff, wife of MIA Pilot LCDR Michael G. Hoff, still unaccounted for as of 2022. Mary was also instrumental in developing the POW/MIA flag, adopted by the National League of POW/MIA Families in early 1972 and now a Congressionally approved National Ensign. 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 flag staff below the American flag.

Undoubtedly, this flag has become a vital symbol for POWs and MIAs, their families and friends and for our current and future armed forces. It assures our military that should they be captured or go missing, their nation will do all it can to bring them home.

The establishment of a National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum in Jacksonville will give visitors of all ages a fully planned indoor and outdoor complex to reflect, learn, do research, hear the stories, experience interactive displays and attend ongoing events

Please help us continue this legacy!

Mike Cassata
Executive Director

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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

U.S. Senator

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.

U.S. Representative

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

U.S. Representative

I am in full support of your organization's efforts to establish a memorial and museum honoring our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action on the grounds of former Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. I was proud to serve in two assignments at NAS Cecil Field. First, as a pilot in the VA-44 Replacement Air Group squadron in 1966, and as Commanding Officer of Replacement Air Group VA-174 "Hellrazors" at Cecil Field from 1976 to 1977, then the largest aviation squadron in the U.S. Navy.

John McCain

Former U.S. Senator and POW

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Unaccounted for from Past Conflicts

SOURCE: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
(Last Updated: April 12, 2022)

The National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum 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.”

National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum is One of A Kind

National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum is One of A Kind

The National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum was featured on First Coast Living on March 24th, 2022. There are over 80,000 POW/MIA's and there finally is a place their family can call home for support while also honoring the patriotic sacrifice of their loved ones.

Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service 2022

Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service 2022

You are invited to attend the Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service In Memory of Four Men of Faith “The Unique Legacy of Brotherhood” February 3, 2022  @  10:00 AM Chapel of The High-Speed PassAt Cecil Field6112 POW-MIA ParkwayJacksonville, FL...

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

Join us this December 24th from 6 to 7PM at the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass for our Christmas Eve Service Celebrating The Birth of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke Rev. Patrick A. Archuleta, Chaplain We look forward to seeing you there.

First Coast News and TEGNA Foundation Award

First Coast News and TEGNA Foundation Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 23, 2021 First Coast News and TEGNA Foundation Award $25,000 in Community Grants to Aid 10 Jacksonville-Area Nonprofit Organizations Jacksonville, FL – First Coast News and the TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by...

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