Honoring our Heroes, Past and Present

Huntington is planning some exciting additions to Memorial Park. The city park, located at 1200 West Park Drive, now boasts a series of plaques to commemorate the veterans of the first and second World Wars. Memorial Park is also home to an anchor honoring the United States Navy and Coast Guard, which complements the plane and tank that already stood to honor other branches of military.

New to Memorial Park this Fall will be a monument representing the 17 Huntington soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War. The monument is a bronze statue that will stand at over six feet tall. It was designed in resemblance of Navy Corpsman Thomas Aquinas Parker. Corpsman Parker is the only soldier of the 17 killed whose body was never recovered or returned home. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Corpsman Parker’s death.

The Thomas Aquinas Parker Statue (T.A.P.S.) Memorial and the new Vietnam War and Korean War plaques will be officially unveiled and dedicated immediately following this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. The new anchor honoring the United States Navy and Coast Guard will also be dedicated at that time. 

Mayor Brooks Fetters commented on the significance of the improvements and what November’s dedication means to the veterans of Huntington.

“The city is pleased with the improvements to Memorial Park and the public’s response in honoring our veterans. This is Huntington’s version of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,” said Fetters.

The recent improvements honoring veterans were added to Memorial Park as a result of private fundraising.


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