Remember Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day Weekend

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0:11 – Bill Schofield, Navy veteran TM 2/C

Navy veteran Bill Schofield served during World War II.  He was the Torpedo Mate Second Class on the submarine U.S.S. Flounder 251. Schofield and his wife were among the visitors at Veterans Memorial Park on a quiet, peaceful Sunday afternoon before Memorial Day.  Schofield also is involved in the group that provides free flights for veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. There are 79,925 living WW II veterans in Florida, according to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

During this Memorial Day Weekend, there will be ceremonies, speeches and picnics to remember and thank America’s heroes, service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There was a special ceremony Sunday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Hillsborough County.  Veterans, families and visitors came to the park this weekend to visit the monuments and pay their respects.

Here are the numbers of Americans who died while serving in our armed forces during America’s most recent wars and remembered this Memorial Day weekend:

Special Operations Black Hawk helicopter crash off coast of Eglin Air Force Base on March 10, 2015 – 11 U.S. Marines and Louisiana Army National Guard

War in Afghanistan – Operation Enduring Freedom, October 7, 2011 – December 28, 2014 – As of today, 2,356 Killed in Action.

War in Iraq -Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 19, 2003-August 31, 2010 – As of today, 4,418 Killed in action.

War in Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 19, 2003-December 31, 2011 – As of today, 68 Killed in action

Veterans Memorial Park is open daily from 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Admission is free. There’s also a museum at the park. Veterans Memorial Park and Museum are located at 2602 US 301, Tampa, Florida, just south of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. Boulevard in Hillsborough County.

For more information, call  813-744-5502. To reserve a picnic shelter, call 813-635-3500.

—Carol Lim

Casualties Statistics: Veterans Memorial Park in Hillsborough County, Florida


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