WWII Memorial Park Groundbreaking

WWII Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony Welcome

On Behalf of the citizens of Avon, the Avon Town Council, the Avon Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Council, the Avon Parks Foundation, and the Avon WWII Memorial committee we welcome you to this special occasion.

During the month of February, 2009, several of us were standing right here on this site and discussed the need for a memorial in recognition of our WWII era veterans and the generation we have all come to know as the Greatest Generation.

Never in the history of our nation have so many sacrificed so much to preserve the peace and liberties we all so richly enjoy.  We speak not only of the men and women who served in our military but also those individuals who supported the war efforts on the home front while our military was fighting in Europe, the South Pacific, and Asia.

To make the statement "It's something we should have done a long time ago," is a gross understatement. "But now it's up to each of us as citizens to bring this memorial project to completion."

As a member of what has been labeled as the "Baby Boomer Generation", many of us returned home to see a Vietnam Veterans Memorial erected in our nation's capital on November 13, 1982. That effort was spearheaded by many Viet Nam veterans themselves only 9 years after the peace treaty was signed in Paris on January 27, 1973.

Not so with members of the WWII generation. They were too modest, too humble, and many of them had no interest in drawing attention to their service to our country and their achievements.

When they came home they were interested in returning to civilian life and expressed very little interest in a memorial.

But thankfully our nation finally addressed that matter when a WWII Memorial was dedicated in our nation's capital in the year 2004.

WWII ended in Europe when treaties were signed on May 8, 1945. The war with Japan was ended with the treaty that was signed on August 15, 1945. The memorial to our WWII veterans was not dedicated until May 29, 2004, some 59 years after those treaties were signed.

This memorial will not re-write history; however it will give recognition where recognition is long past due. 

This sole purpose of this memorial is to recognize and bring honor to those who served in our armed services, and also recognize everyone on the home front who demonstrated support through their work in the shipyards, our factories, in hospitals, and on the farms. Every good deed should be acknowledged and recognized with the completion of this memorial.

The combined effort, both on the home front and the front lines of our war efforts bonded our nation, and in the end brought great Victory to our nation and the free world.

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