Alabama Veterans Memorial Park donated to Mountain Brook [PHOTOS]

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Alabama Veterans Memorial Park Foundation donate the Memorial Park to the city of Mountain Brook (sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

Today, the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park Foundation donated the 22-acre Alabama Veterans Memorial Park to the city of Mountain Brook. Read on to learn why.

Mountain Brook’s 8th park that fits its values

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Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park signing ceremony (sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

“We are honored that the foundation has entrusted us with responsibility for preserving this beautiful Memorial to our fallen Alabama veterans. Our intention is to make Alabama Veterans Memorial Park a signature park within our city. We look forward to partnering with the foundation in that effort. The Alabama Veterans Memorial Park will become the 8th park within our park system. This park fits perfectly into our own values as a city — that of patriotism, love of country and support of our military. 

~Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook

During a special ceremony at Mountain Brook City Hall, the city council voted to accept the donation.

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Alabama Veterans Memorial Park Foundation Board President J. Thomas Martin (sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

Alabama Veterans Memorial Park — a sacred place 

One of Alabama’s most sacred and cherished memorials, Alabama Veterans Memorial Park was established on Memorial Day 2001. 

Inside the park are several monuments and plaza, including:

  • Hall of Honor — a 23 by 46-foot space, located at the end of the columns in the Memorial Plaza. Etched on the walls are the names of over 11,000 Alabama service men and women who were killed in action during the wars from 1900 to present.
  • Memorial Plaza — 36 columns with artwork by Alabama artists embedded into the stone. The memorials on the columns honor Alabama Medal of Honor recipients and veterans. 
  • American Flag Plaza — A 120 foot flag pole for the American Flag is the highlight in the plaza. Flags from each branch of the armed services are near the U.S. Flag and there are step stones honoring veterans. There is also a solemn 1000-foot pathway from the park entrance to the plaza.

Located across I-459 from Liberty Park, the park has been maintained for two decades by the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park Foundation volunteers. 

Visit the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park website to learn about this new addition to Mountain Brook.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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