Groundbreaking for Hillsborough County

War Between The States
"Theatre" Veterans Monument

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April is Southern History Month, and April 26th is designated by the State of Florida as Confederate Memorial Day.

When asked to participate in this event, the Commission, although it is not an observance of an event occurring during the War, decided that is was of significance and should be supported.  Please make plans to attend.



 Saturday, April 20, 2013



2 p.m.



Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park
3602 US  Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33619


In addition to the Groundbreaking, a traditional Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony will be held.


A roll call of honor will feature the names of supporters of the projects who have purchased bricks (or repose benches) prior to April 10 2013 (see purchase information bel0w)

The Keynote Address will be presented by:

Gen. JEB Stuart

As portrayed by
Wayne Jones


Project Overview

This event is a slight departure for the Commission, but because of its significance, the invitation to join the community support for this project was accepted by the Commission.


Over the past few years, plans have been under development for a world- class veterans park to honor the service of residents of Hillsborough County, Florida who made extreme sacrifices during each war in the County’s history (KIA, POW, etc.).   But integral in the design is an opportunity to honor all Confederate Veterans from any State or locality (see below.)

The County has committed great resources in converting the existing park and museum into a Veterans shrine...honoring all Veterans from all Wars, beginning with the Seminole War up to and including the Global War on Terror.

The new park will attract thousands of residents and visitors each year to pay tribute to fallen heroes from our area into perpetuity.   Upon its completion, the War Between the States (“WBTS”) theatre will receive appropriate and proper recognition in the mainstream of the civic landscape—forever.

The Vietnam War Monument was dedicated in 2012, and in January of this year, the design plan for the WBTS Monument was approved. 

Read Invitation Letter from Hillsborough County Veterans Park Committee.



Your Participation

In addition to attending, Hillsborough County expects those interested in WBTS history to participate in the cost of the monument.  The Committee has developed a design that incorporates the ability for individuals and businesses to show their support, while at the same time recognizing a Veteran, themselves or a loved one (or even their business).

Cost of the inscribed memorial bricks are $50 for a 4X8 brick or $100 for an 8X8 brick.
Printable Order From Here

Public Reaction

The event was designed to teach the public that the participation of Hillsborough County's Veterans or are of equal significance and deserving equal recognition to those of American Veterans of other Wars.

This project honors the valor of the Soldier and Sailor from Tampa Bay to Florida and her Southern Confederacy 150 years ago.

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