Memorial Park, born out of Jacksonville citizens’ deep gratitude to those who served in The Great War (World War I), for almost 100 years has been a shared public treasure for the entire Northeast Florida community. In November 1918 George Hardee of the Jacksonville Rotary Club proposed a memorial to honor Floridians who died in service during WWI. Paid for by the citizens of greater Jacksonville, the new commemorative public park opened on Christmas Day 1924.
In October 2017 the United States World War One Centennial Commission designated Memorial Park’s sculpture “Spiritualized Life” by renowned sculptor C. Adrian Pillars as a WWI Centennial Memorial. In November 2017 the U.S. Department of the Interior added Memorial Park to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.