The development of the first Veterans Park to honor our nation’s hero’s from All wars or conflicts opened Oct. 7th, 2017 and to our knowledge there is no other park like this in the country. This beautiful park is located just south of Memphis, Tn. in Southaven, Ms. at I-55 and Church Road, Exit 287, between Southern Thunder Harley Davidson & the Economics Council Office at 4716 Pepper Chase Drive. 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. The park includes picnic tables and a quarter mile walking trail. We are so proud to be able to honor our most precious citizens and members of the largest family in the world, our Veterans. Imagine reading the historical events that shaped our country, to think of that ancestor, that parent, that spouse, that child, 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. Additional history of each war is at the “Wars” tab. View the latest news and any upcoming events at the park on the “Updates” tab or on FB @ DeSoto County Veterans Park. We are also members of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce and can be located on the Chamber website at the Directory Tab by typing DeSoto County Veterans Park in the search bar.
The park honors ALL U.S. Veterans, regardless of their state of residence, from the Revolutionary War to the present War on Terror, including the Middle East & Caribbean Region Conflicts, Cold & Gulf Wars, a plaque honoring those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, one to honor our dogs, horses & pigeons as They Also Served, 6 military service marks and flags representing each branch of the military, a “Walk of Honor”, bordered with bricks (see below) honoring Veterans, the POW/MIA flag and chair and a Sponsorship plaque. Office hours are 9-5 M-F, however the park is open 24-7. The walkway and all markers are individually lit and the “Walk of Honor” has motion activated lights. Visit the DeSoto Veterans Park, walk through the history of our country, and honor the Veterans that fought to preserve our freedoms.
To see pictures of the 14 beautiful bronze plaques in the park, use the Preview Tab or: >click here.
Brick may be purchased to honor any U.S. Veteran, both past and presently serving, for any war or conflict or for time served regardless of whether they were in theater or not and regardless of where they were born, lived, or are now living, for $125.00. Anyone can purchase bricks but the name on the brick must be a VETERAN. Bricks purchased that cover multiple generations will be placed together on the “Walk of Honor” by family. The one requirement is if there is a reference to a Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart, or Medal of Honor, the applicant must include a DD-214 to avoid Stolen Honor. These awesome bricks are from Brick Markers of West Palm Beach, FL and are printed with the latest laser machine and 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. You can also use the PayPal Donation Button and include the Confirmation # on the “Unit Price” line on the brick form and mail to the same address or email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We receive an email from PayPal and can confirm your order with the Confirmation # on the PayPal notification. To download the brick form go to the “Purchase Order” tab above. Be sure to check the “Updates” Tab for the most recent news and upcoming events at the park. *Note Due to the curvature of the walkway making the space between the walkway and the bricks more evident, future orders are temporarily on hold until we can decide how to move forward.
Ways to Donate:
– Online, right here on the website
– By U.S. Mail sent to: DeSoto County Veterans Park 4716 Pepper Chase Drive Southaven, MS. 38671
- – At any BankPlus of Mississippi to: DeSoto Veterans Park Assoc. Inc.