Our newest monument is the Gold Star Memorial, it was created to honor the families that have lost loved ones in military service. This beautiful monument was made possible through the Hershel Woody Williams Foundation and Delaware Gold Star Families. The Gold Star first made an appearance during World War I. The Gold Star signified the family’s pride in the loved one’s sacrifice rather than the mourning of their loss.
The central vision of the Memorial Park stems from the memorial wall. The wall contains approximately 15,000 names of men and women from both Delaware and New Jersey who have lost their lives serving our country in World War II and Korean War.
For a full listing of the names,
A flag for each branch of the United States military, five in total, are positioned at and overlook the War Memorial. Erected in 1993, these flags were first dedicated to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. The American flag that stands proudly in front of these is representative of unity and patriotism.
The walkway in the park is dedicated to Garret E. Lyons, who served as the first Director of the Delaware Interstate Highway Division, the forerunner to the present day Authority. He was an instrumental in the completion of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, as well as, the development of Veteran’s Memorial Park to honor those who fought and died in World War II and the Korean War.
In November 2003, this majestic eagle was dedicated to our Veterans, “Whose loyalty and service during times of war and peace define the character of this great Nation”.
The Korean War Memorial was installed and dedicated on Memorial Day of 2003 and stands as a profound testament to the fellowship felt by the Korean War Veterans of Delaware. The memorial has served as an outlet for these Veterans and their families to express their sentiments.
The “One Army” solider was unveiled to the grounds on Veterans Day in 1998. This statue was created to honor all the men and women from Delaware and New Jersey who were killed or declared missing in action in combat since the Korean Conflict. “One Army” evokes a sense of support and unity for these brave men and women. The original “One Army” solider is at Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The Blue Star Memorial Marker was unveiled to the public Memorial Day of 2006. The Blue Star became a recognized symbol in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war. The Marker honors all men and women who have served, are currently serving, or will serve in the United States armed forces.
The Purple Heart Memorial Marker was dedicated to honor all the men and women that have been wounded in American Wars. This beautiful marker is a tribute to the brave actions that our soldiers displayed during combat. The Department of Delaware’s Military Order of the Purple Heart erected this Marker for the Memorial Park.
Often overlooked and dubbed “the silent service”, submarine use in WWII was integral to our war efforts. In May of 2001, an impressive black marble sculpture was created for the Memorial Park to honor the efforts made by the men and women who lost their lives on American subs.