VIDEO: 1,220 Names 1,220 Stories

On December 25, 1924, a scroll containing the names of 1,220 Florida soldiers who died in World War I was buried in a time capsule in front of the Spiritualized Life sculpture in Memorial Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

On September 27, 2018, work began on the excavation and preservation of the scroll. 

This is the beginning of the story…to be continued…

About Memorial Park and the Memorial Park Association
Memorial Park is located at 1620 Riverside Ave., between Margaret Street and Memorial Park Drive in Riverside near the Five Points area of Jacksonville, Fla. Established in 1986, the Memorial Park Association is a nonprofit charitable organization serving its mission to enhance, promote and preserve Memorial Park as the premier historic park in the City of Jacksonville.

Designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers and dedicated on Dec. 25, 1924, it is the only park in the state dedicated to the 1,220 Floridians who lost their lives in service during World War I. In 2012, the Memorial Park Association initiated major planning efforts to restore and rehabilitate Memorial Park to its original grandeur, culminating in the development of a viable master plan that will serve as the foundation for continued restoration efforts. Memorial Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a WWI Centennial Memorial by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.

Learn more about Memorial Park and the Memorial Park Association here or visit them on Facebook.

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About the Author
Michele Luthin, Board of Directors, VP - Communications & Marketing Committee Chair (2017-2018)