Each year on November 11, the Historical Society of Orange Park hosts the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery, located at 1040 Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park. This event honors the service and sacrifice of our veterans and provides our community with an opportunity to thank our veterans for their contributions to our great nation. Each year's ceremony is conducted at 11 AM, November 11. We hope to see you there.
Purchase a Memorial Brick Paver
Would you like to honor a veteran in your life? Consider the purchase of an inscribed paver at the Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery. The pavers are 4"x8" and will be inscribed with the name of your veteran or your personal message. The cost of memorial pavers is $50 each through July 31, 2022. As of August 1, 2022, the cost of memorial pavers will increase to $100 each.
To purchase a memorial paver, download the Memorial Brick Paver form and mail it with your payment to the Historical Society of Orange Park, P.O. Box 08, Orange Park, FL 32067. Please make your check payable to Historical Society of Orange Park. All proceeds will go toward the support and maintenance of the Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery.
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While it may seem like just yesterday, the Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery was dedicated on November 11, 2011. That’s right, it was just over 10 years ago that the first of many ceremonies was held at the Veterans Memorial. Unfortunately, time and weather have been hard on the Memorial.
Many of the engraved pavers have begun to deteriorate. The lettering on many engraved pavers is at the point where they are almost unreadable. Certainly not what we anticipated, but a problem that must be dealt with.
We have identified a provider for new pavers that utilizes an advanced engraving process that can better withstand our sun and moisture conditions. These pavers will be legible for many years to come. Work is underway to replace deteriorated pavers with these new, more durable pavers as funding permits.
The Historical Society of Orange Park is seeking your help to correct the effects of weathering on the engraved pavers at the Veterans Memorial. Help us acquire and install new, weather-resistant pavers to replace for those that have faded over the 10 years since installation.
Contributions can be mailed to the Historical Society of Orange Park, PO Box 08, Orange Park, FL 32067 or, if you prefer, you can visit our Go Fund Me site, https://www.gofundme.com/f/veterans-memorial-of-orange-park-fl?qid=5299cbaef4641d25e73b7b2a7e30e6ed, to make a contribution toward the completion of this project. For a limited time, an anonymous donor will match all contributions up to $6,000! This is an easy way to double your contribution to help a worthy cause.
It’s time again for our annual Veterans Day Essay Contest! All Clay County students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to participate. Essay topics are assigned by grade level, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12. See the link below to download instructions for the contest. The students submitting the wining essays will receive a cash prize and be invited to present their essays at our annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Magnolia Cemetery. Entries are due September 30.