Veterans, guests, and Hillsborough County officials gathered on Dec. 7 to dedicate two additions to the Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum: the Veterans Resource Center and the World War II memorial.
The Veterans Resource Center is a one-stop shop of services for local veterans, who number more than 98,300 in Hillsborough County, the largest veteran population among Florida's 67 counties. The WWII memorial honors those who participated in that global conflict, including 520 service members from Hillsborough County who died in the war.
The two-part dedication's peaceful setting contrasted sharply with recollections of wars and other military actions commemorated at the park and museum at 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N. The facility salutes U.S. servicemen and servicewomen of all eras, and has memorials to veterans from the Seminole Wars through the ongoing War in Afghanistan. There also are memorials to Purple Heart recipients, POW/MIA forces, and war dogs, among other exhibits.
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