City of DeBary, Florida Memorial Park

 

 City of Debary Memorial Park honoring A1C Brian William McVeigh

The Memorial Plaque honoring Brian

This park is a tribute to the men and women who bravely served this country, selflessly giving their lives in the process, and the departed local heroes and residents of DeBary. Memorial Park was opened and dedicated on Memorial Day in 1999.

The 2.5 acres of land making up the park was donated to the city of DeBary by the Gray Family as a place where the city could recognize and remember individuals and groups.

There are five small picnic pavilions with grills in this beautifully landscaped park located on a hill overlooking Dirksen Drive . The entrance to the park is directly opposite Genimi Springs Park .

An actual F-15 Eagle aircraft is mounted dramatically atop the hill as if lifting off into flight. According to the bronze plaque at the base, the aircraft is a tribute to Brian William McVeigh, Airman 1st Class, Elgin AFB, Florida , who was the crew chief of the 58th Fighter Squadron. He lost his life in a terrorist attack on the Khobar Towers Military Complex in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996 .

In addition to the F-15 Eagle, the nine ton anchor from the aircraft carrier USS Langley is displayed prominently near the flagpole. Other memorial plaques provide recognition of groups such as those military who remain missing in action or those who died as prisoners of war. A bulletin board near the parking area provides information about other local people who lost their lives in service, as well.

This peaceful park is a lovely setting for a picnic or for groups to gather to remember those for which the park honors. Memorial Park is located at 76 Dirksen Drive (corner of Dirksen Drive and Buena Vista Street ) in DeBary. Admission is free. The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. For more information call (386) 668-2040.