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Hello All!!

WOW, what a great Grand Opening we had yesterday and what a turnout!! Thank you so much to our speakers and all those who attended.

For those who could not attend please note that the Sponsor’s plaque has been delayed due to Hurricane Irma and will be placed at the park entrance when it is received.

Before I go any further I want to recognize the two entities that did not appear on the sponsor’s listing in the Grand Opening program. For this error we sincerely apologize.

To Metal Tech Fabricators of Tunica, MS. who donated the park archway, it’s beautiful and we thank you!

To Rolling Thunder MS. Chapter #2, Horn Lake, MS. who donated not only the POW/MIA display at the center of the levee, but their time and their assistance with the archway, the markers & the military emblems, we couldn’t have done it without you, thanks so very much!

Again, we apologize to both Metal Tech of Tunica, MS. and Rolling Thunder MS. Chapter #2 of Horn Lake, MS. for this error.

Please visit the park and take a walk through the history of our country.

Thanks again to everyone and God Bless you all!!

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Hi Everyone!!

Just want to let everyone know we have set Oct. 7th for the opening of the park. We will have a short Grand Opening Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the Landers Center in the northeast parking lot and we will then walk across the street to the park.

Here’s some information to, hopefully, settle some misconceptions about the park. Many people may still be under the assumption that our park is a strictly a Memorial park, that it is specifically for residents of MS. or those who were born in MS., and that only those from MS. can purchase a brick for the “Walk of Honor”. These assumptions are incorrect.

Our park honors ALL VETERANS from the Revolutionary War to the present War on Terror, regardless of where they were born, lived, or are now living. Anyone can purchase bricks under the previously mentioned guidelines, but the name on the brick must be a VETERAN and bricks are for not only those that are deceased but also the living, and those presently serving. Families will be kept together on the “Walk of Honor”. The one requirement is if there is a reference to a Bronze Star, Silver Star or Purple Heart, or Medal of Honor, the applicant must include a DD-214 to avoid Stolen Honor.

Our park is unique in that it is not just a Memorial Park to honor those who are deceased but a Veterans Park to show our appreciation to the living for their service and it will include picnic tables. To our knowledge there is no other park like this in the country and we are so proud to be able to honor our most precious citizens and members of the largest family in the world, Our Veterans.

Please join us Oct. 7th and take a walk through the history of our country and honor the Veterans that fought to preserve our freedoms. Imagine walking through the events that shaped our country, to think of that ancestor, that parent, that brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin that was part of making our country what it is today. Their sacrifice should not be minimized and cannot be measured, it can only be honored.

Thanks again everyone and hope to see you there! God Bless you all!!

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Hi Everyone!

Just want to clarify the issue of ordering bricks and I apologize for the confusion and for not making my post clearer in the previous update. We ARE accepting orders for bricks and will until there is no more room for them to be placed on the “Walk of Honor”.  Last month we had to set a cut-off date to be able to order and then receive the bricks in time for them to be placed in the park for the opening.  As mentioned before, click on the Purchase Order tab and download the brick form. Individuals can pay with a check, money order or pay with the PayPal Donation Button.  If using PayPal just include the Confirmation # on the “Unit Price” line of the brick form and mail to the P.O. Box address on the form. We receive an email from PayPal informing us of the “donation” with the pertinent information.  Once we receive your brick form we can confirm your order with the Confirmation # on the PayPal notification.  We are hoping to open this fall so please check the local paper, FB, or visit the site frequently to see said date, we will post it as soon as it is determined.  Thanks so much to everyone!!

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Hi Everyone!

We have determined the cut-off date on brick orders is July 15th. Be sure to get your orders in as soon as possible so you will be assured that your brick or bricks will be placed on the “Walk of Honor” for the opening. Individuals can pay for their bricks with a check, money order or pay with the PayPal Donation Button.  If using PayPal just include the Confirmation # on the “Unit Price” line of the brick form and mail to the P.O. Box address on the form.  We receive an email from PayPal informing us of the “donation” with the pertinent information.  Once we receive your brick form we can confirm your order with the Confirmation # on the PayPal notification.  Any bricks ordered after the 15th will be placed after the Grand Opening which is still to be determined as stated in the previous update.  We’ll keep you posted.  Check out the clean-up photos on our FB page, DeSoto County Veterans Park.  Thanks so much to you all!!

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Hey Everybody!

Clean-up at the park began Monday June 26th and the landscaping should be completed within the next few days. The difference in the look of the area is stunning. I’ll put some pictures on FB as soon as I can. A BIG THANK YOU to the City of Southaven and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors!! The next phase will be the electrical lines and the concrete work to complete the walkway will follow. The remaining steps are the same as listed in the previous update. Be sure to get those brick orders in so they can be placed in the park for the opening. We still have not determined a cut-off date but it will be soon and we will give you a couple of weeks notice. A Grand Opening date is still unknown but getting closer. As stated before it all depends on delivery of the markers and, of course, the weather. We will let you know as soon as we can.

Thanks again to those who made monetary donations and those who donated their time to this wonderful park that will honor our Veterans.

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Hello Everyone!

Just want to let everyone know we are getting ever nearer to be able to begin work on the park. We will learn later this week when we can start clean-up at the north end. When clean-up is complete the electrical work and the lighting will begin and the concrete work completing the walkway will follow. We will then install the flags and emblems of each military branch. Next, we will place the markers and lay the bricks bordering the “Walk of Honor” across the levee. To avoid the yet to be determined cut-off date for ordering bricks, don’t forget to get your orders in as soon as possible so we can get your brick or bricks ordered, delivered, and placed in the park. A Grand Opening date is unknown at this time as it all depends on delivery of the markers and, of course, the weather. We will let you know as soon as we can.

Thanks again to those who made monetary donations and those who donated their time to this wonderful park that will honor our Veterans.

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Hello Everyone!

We want to inform you about a change of plans at the park.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to reevaluate the type of memorials being placed in the park.  Bricks purchased to honor a Veteran will still border the “Walk of Honor” across the levee. The concept of recognizing 12 wars and/or conflicts, a specific memorial honoring our Veterans and one for our pigeons and 4 Legged Veterans has not changed, only the style and kind of memorial used to honor them.  We chose beautiful bronze plaques which will also complement the bronze shields used to recognize the branches of the military.  With the vast amount of cost difference, said change will expedite the completion of the park as well, and as soon as the weather cooperates we will begin “breaking ground.”

A special Thank You to everyone who made monetary donations, who have donated their time and who have expressed well wishes to this awesome project to honor our precious Veterans.

We appreciate your support, your patience, and your understanding.

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Hello Everyone!

After enjoying the holidays with friends and family we are going to begin fundraising again.  With a positive outlook we remain hopeful we will reach our objective this year.  We are ever closer to realizing our ultimate goal of a beautiful park to honor ALL of our Veterans.  We will keep all informed of our progress and thanks to everyone again for your participation last year.  Fundraising news will be posted on our Facebook page @ DeSoto County Veterans Park.  God Bless each and everyone of you!!!!!

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DeSoto County Ms. is proud to announce the establishment of the first Veterans Park to honor our nation’s heroes. This beautiful park will be located in Southaven Ms. at I-55 and Church Road, Exit 287, between Southern Thunder Harley Davidson and the DeSoto County Visitors Center south of Memphis, Tn.

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The park will honor all U.S. Veterans, beginning with the Revolutionary War to the present War on Terror, including the Middle East and Caribbean Regions Conflicts. There will be a bronze plaque dedicated to those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, 12 individual bronze plaques (one for each war or conflict), 6 bronze shields and flags representing each branch of the military, a “Walk of Honor”, The POW/MIA chair, a bronze plaque to honor our dogs, horses, & pigeons as “They Also Served”, and a bronze Sponsorship plaque.

Visit the Desoto Veterans Park, walk through the history of our country, and honor the Veterans that fought to preserve our freedoms.

Here are the concepts of the 14 bronze plaques that will be placed in the Park!  To see the entire plaque click on each picture or go to Preview.

Bricks may be purchased to honor any U.S. Veteran  (both past and presently serving) for any war or conflict, regardless of where they are from, for $125.00.  These bricks will border the Walk of Honor across the top of the levee at the north end of the park.  Mail your brick form and your check or money order made payable to DeSoto Veterans Park Association, Inc. and mail to the address on the form or pay by using the PayPal Donation Button and include the Confirmation #  on the “Unit Price” line on the brick form and mail to the same address.  We receive an email from PayPal informing us of the “donation” with the pertinent information and can confirm your order with the Confirmation # on the PayPal notification.  Click here to download the purchase order.

Ways to Donate:

Online, right here on the website

– By U.S. Mail sent to:  DeSoto Veterans Park Association, Inc., P.O. Box 2118, Southaven, MS 38671

  • – At any BankPlus of Mississippi, to DeSoto Veterans Park

For information on SPONSORSHIP, please click here.

A BIG THANK YOU to our current sponsors:

DeSoto County Electric, Horn Lake, MS..
Dabbs Gun & Pawn, Southaven, MS.
Memphis Stone & Gravel, Memphis, TN.
Hernando Ready Mix, Hernando, MS.
Lynn Spencer, A2H Engineers
H.O.G. Chapter 3478, Southaven, MS.
Anderson-Jordan Det.-Marine Corp. League, Horn Lake, MS.
Tom Long, Southaven, MS.
Landers Auto Group, Southaven, MS.
A & B Distributors, Olive Branch, MS.
Rolling Thunder MS. Chapter #2, Horn Lake MS.
U.S. Military Vets MC, Southaven, MS.
Gracie Dunavent, Hernando, MS.
William, Pitts & Beard PLLC, Hernando, MS.
City of Southaven, MS.
Southaven Chamber of Commerce
DeSoto County Board of Supervisors
DeSoto County CVB
DeSoto County Tourism
Lowes of Southaven
Titan Fence, Hernando, MS.
Jamieson Fence Supply, Memphis, TN.
Sunrise Builders Supply, Horn Lake, MS.
KDM Custom Coatings Inc., Tupelo, MS.
Sherwin Williams, Southaven, MS.
CMH Services, Southaven, MS.
Metal Tech Fabricators, Tunica, MS.

 

 

 

To get a preview of some of the plaques: >click here.