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Vero Beach in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, June 2, 2016
1. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Marker
Inscription. River travel was vital to the early human activity of Florida and the Indian River area. In the early 1900's, efforts began to dredge the Indian River. By the 1930's, the U.S. Corps of Engineers routinely maintained this channel called the Intracoastal Waterway. After World War II the channel was once again slated for dredging and Alex MacWilliam, Sr., a veteran and member of the Florida Legislature, proposed a special project and persuaded the federal government to realign the existing Vero Beach channel to make way for a modern drawbridge (the first Merrill P. Barber Bridge) and to create a memorial island with the surplus dredging material. Lest We Forget are the words used in the dedication of this island on May 3, 1964. This one man and hundreds of citizens in Indian River County did not forget and 17 years later created Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. The Vero Beach Beautification Society and the Garden Club coordinated the beautification of the property. Today the Stars and Stripes wave proudly over this Island Sanctuary which can be seen from the deep channel of the Intracoastal Waterway and the two modern bridges now spanning the Indian River.
 
Erected 2005 by The Indian River County Historical Society The Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Advisory Committee And The Florida
Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, June 2, 2016
2. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Marker
Department Of State. (Marker Number F-559.)
 
Location. 27° 38.86′ N, 80° 22.113′ W. Marker is in Vero Beach, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker can be reached from Dahlia Lane west of Riverside Park Drive when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is on the island within the park. Marker is in this post office area: Vero Beach FL 32963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vero Beach City Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away); City of Vero Beach (approx. 2.1 miles away); Osceola Park Historic Residential District (approx. 2.4 miles away); McKee Jungle Gardens (approx. 2.9 miles away); McKee Jungle Garden Gates (approx. 2.9 miles away); Baseball and Dodgertown (approx. 3.3 miles away); US-1 Tee-Beam Bridge in Indian River County (approx. 6.3 miles away); Sebastian (approx. 13.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vero Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Photos (Submitted on June 4, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, June 2, 2016
3. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Marker
Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Sign image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, June 2, 2016
4. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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