Military Affairs and Veterans Department to Host Memorial Day Observance

May 25, 2022  
MAVD Memorial Day Invite

City resumes in-person event to honor Jacksonville’s fallen heroes

Loved ones, veterans, service members, government leaders, and citizens will gather in memory of Jacksonville’s fallen heroes at the City’s annual Memorial Day observance. This year, four names have been added to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall in recognition of their sacrifice. They are: Calvin T. Rockward III, U.S. Army; Christian M. Tette, U.S. Army; Adam D. Pecaut, U.S. Navy; and Michael L. Jordan, U.S. Navy. 
 
Music will be provided by Navy Band Southeast, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and Voices of Jacksonville. The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Calvert L. Worth Jr., USMC. Free parking is available in Lots J and P. This event is open to the public to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country. 
 
WHEN:         Monday, May 30, 2022
                       8:30 a.m.
                      Pre-ceremony starts at 8 a.m.
 
WHERE:      Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall
                      1145 Adams St. – 32202
         
PARKING:   Free parking is available in Lots J & P

  • Changes for arrival: A new divided roadway will be in place, left hand turns into Lot J or Georgia Street will no longer be accessible.
  • FROM DOWNTOWN: If you’re headed east from downtown on Bay Street to enter lots J, P or M you must turn LEFT (north) onto A. Philip Randolph (at Intuition) and then RIGHT (east) on Adams Street or Duval Street.
  • Changes for departure: Gator Bowl Blvd. will be now ONE WAY headed west on the south side of the stadium.
  • TO GET TO HART BRIDGE: Please take Adams Street and take a LEFT (south) on A. Philip Randolph. At the traffic light, continue straight to the NEW Bay Street ramp to the Hart Bridge.
 
GENERAL:   Veterans Memorial Wall Facts 
  • The monument was dedicated in November 1995. 
  • Serves as a tribute to almost 1,700 Jacksonville-area American heroes. 
  • The second largest memorial wall in the nation, only behind the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. 
  • The only wall that honors veterans from all six service branches including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. 
  • Is a 65-foot-long, black, granite monument that stands behind a torch with an eternal flame. 
  • Contains the names of service members who lost their lives in duty since World War I.