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.”
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank one of our newest partners, Orange Park Furniture (OPF). OPF recently donated a display case to the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial museum. Their contribution helps begin our first steps toward opening the...
The “Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial” is a group of veterans and community leaders working to erect a 26 acre memorial for military service members who remain missing. The board received a letter endorsing their work from the late Sen. John McCain in early 2017. There...
More than 200 members of the community, including many veterans and current servicemembers, gathered on a sweltering morning July 10 to dedicate the POW-MIA Memorial Parkway, formerly known as New World Avenue, and to celebrate the unveiling of two sets of aviator...
At Cecil Field's memorial to those missing in action and prisoners of war, 16 Cecil Field pilots who were marked as MIA are honored beside a chapel and under towering trees all with trunks painted yellow. For the families of service members that never made it home,...
A ceremony was held July 10 to commemorate the refurbishing of former Naval Air Station Cecil Field’s chapel and to rename a main road. The current Cecil Commerce Center’s New World Avenue is now known as POW-MIA (Prisoner of War and Missing in Action) Memorial...
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...