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Women Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park 

Visitors will arrive at a dedication plaza, where a path will encircle a flying US flag, a POW-MIA flag, Florida, and county flags. Military and Coast Guard flags will fly from poles on the perimeter. The first statue, guests will encounter, is representative of Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin. The journey will continue down nature trails, toward Choctawhatchee Bay, where visitors will experience additional women veteran statues chosen by the Women's Veteran Memorial Advisory Committee, approved by the Board of County Commissioners and crafted by Sculptor Jon Hair. The park includes 1,700 liner ft. of ADA accessible paved sidewalks and wooden boardwalks. Additional features include an honor wall, benches, landscaping and lighting. 

 

 

The park features eight statues in honor of women who have served our country as true patriots. Home to native wildlife and vegetation, the park is situated on the Choctawhatchee Bay coastline and pays homage to the military which has played an integral role in sculpting our community. Second only to Washington, D.C., Florida is home to one of the largest populations of women veterans in the nation. This one-of-a-kind memorial pays tribute to women who have served throughout history.

 

More about Veterans Park

The Women Veteran Monuments are accessible by parking at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center and feature a dedication plaza, ADA sidewalks, landscape with irrigation and eight life-size bronze statues, funded entirely from Okaloosa County Tourism Development. A Living Shoreline, funded by a RESTORE grant, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and matching funds from Tourism Development, will be constructed to protect 2,200 linear feet of shoreline by reducing the impact of wave energy and providing an oyster habitat, a seagrass recruitment area and a salt marsh shelf. There is a boardwalk planned, along with an education component and post-construction monitoring.