HONOR ALL FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR; REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET THOSE QUIET, MISSING IN ACTION HEROES AND THE FAMILIES THAT WAIT FOR THEIR RETURN.
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The only known POW/MIA Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida is located at the former NAS Cecil Field (now Cecil Commerce Center). The memorial is dedicated to those Naval Aviators stationed at NAS Cecil Field during the Vietnam and Desert Storm War eras. The site consists of markers and associated planted trees for each of the 16 POW/MIA pilots (known as Hero’s Walk and Freedom Trees), pavilion, stage area, starburst (metal display of aircraft), and a granite base seal of Master Jet Base NAS Cecil Field.
The Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial was dedicated in 1973 by the families and service members who wanted to ensure these brave men would never be forgotten. A driving force behind the Memorial was Mary Hoff, the wife of MIA LCDR Michael G. Hoff. Mary, along with other spouses and family members, helped underwrite the Memorial. Mary was also very instrumental in developing the POW/MIA Flag. This flag has become an important symbol for the POW/MIAs, 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 Michel G. Hoff, is memorialized at Cecil Field, there could not be a more appropriate site for the POW/MIA Memorial.John Rutherford
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