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War Memorial

 
 
War Memorial Plaque: Front face, left side image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
1. War Memorial Plaque: Front face, left side
Plaque honors World War I veterans.
Inscription. (Front face, left side)
Dedicated to
the memory of
those Americans who valiantly fought and
died in the service of their country
during the great World War
April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
——
It is hoped that the generations to follow will well
remember places such as Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Wood,
Saint Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Verdun, as being locations
where suffering and death existed because those participating
believed in and fought for an ideal.
——
The Gold Star Memorial Registry
is in the Court House Building

(Front face, right side)
Dedicated to
the memory of
those Americans who fought and gave their
lives in Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and Asia in the
defense of their country during World War II
December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
——
Let it be known Americans gallantly fought and died
from Pearl Harbor, Bataan-Corregidor, North Africa, Salerno,
Normandy, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, The Bulge, and
Iwo Jima to Hiroshima, determined that
tyranny and anarchy should not prevail.
——
The Gold Star Memorial Registry
is in the Court House Building
(Rear face,
War Memorial Plaque: Front face, right side image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
2. War Memorial Plaque: Front face, right side
Plaque honors World War II veterans.
left side)
In
greatful memory of
those Americans who participated in the conflict
for the preservation of world democracy
during the Korean Conflict
June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
——
To those Americans
who gave their lives in a foreign land, fighting
in such places as Old Baldy, Bloody Ridge, The Punch Bowl,
Pork Chop Hill, and Heartbreak Ridge,
this memorial is dedicated
——
The Gold Star Memorial Registry
is in the Court House Building

(Rear face, right side)
Memorial Eternal

This memorial is dedicated to those
Americans who may be now engaged or in the
future should be engaged in the conflict
for the preservation of those basic rights of Man:
Freedom – Justice – Equality
——
May the Brotherhood of Man triumph
to the extent that conflict is
no longer necessary, desired or condoned
by any man, and all war
will cease forever
——
The Gold Star Memorial Registry
is in the Court House Building

 
Location. 27° 56.991′ N, 82° 27.285′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at
War Memorial Plaque: Rear face, left side image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
3. War Memorial Plaque: Rear face, left side
Plaque honors veterans of the Korean War.
the intersection of Pierce Street and Madison Street, on the left when traveling south on Pierce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 Pierce Street, Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (a few steps from this marker); Memoria In Aeterna, 1911 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial I (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial II (about 300 feet away); 1851 1891 (about 500 feet away); Hillsborough Lodge (about 500 feet away); Orange Grove Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
More about this marker. The War Memorial is located in the front plaza of the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa, Florida. The courthouse front plaza is located at the end of Madison Street where it meets Pierce Street. The War Memorial is on the left side of the plaza as viewed from the street.

The War Memorial is a two-sided, rectangular, box-like, concrete structure approximately 10-12 feet in height. It appears to have been designed to match the architectural style of the courthouse. Wide exterior beams form the box shape, leaving
War Memorial Plaque: Rear face, right side image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
4. War Memorial Plaque: Rear face, right side
Plaque honors Americans who are "now engaged or in the future" fighting to preserve Freedom, Justice, and Equality.
a rectangular center wall that is recessed by about a foot. Across the top on the front and rear faces is inscribed "War Memorial". The center sections of the front and rear walls are each covered by two inscribed plaques mounted side by side.

The War Memorial's rear face looks towards the courthouse and HYDRIA, a massive public art piece resembling Greek ruins with thick columns. The columns are actually rainwater cisterns.

The right side of the courthouse front plaza, opposite the War Memorial, is home to Memoria In Aeterna, the county's Civil War Memorial sculpture.
 
Regarding War Memorial. There appears to be a small storage space inside the "box" edifice of the War Memorial, which is accessed by a door set into the side facing away from the center of the courthouse plaza.
 
Additional keywords. Hillsborough County Courthouse
 
Categories. 20th CenturyHeroesMilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, KoreanWar, World IWar, World II
 
War Memorial: Front face image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
5. War Memorial: Front face
The Front face contains the plaques for WWI and WWII. The column-like cisterns of HYDRIA, a public art work, can be seen rising behind the memorial.
War Memorial: Rear face image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
6. War Memorial: Rear face
The Rear face contains the plaques for Korea and the "Memorial Eternal".
Behind the War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
7. Behind the War Memorial
The columns are part of the public art creation HYDRIA, and they are actually cisterns into which rainwater from the courthouse roof is collected. In the upper background, the first half of "Hillsborough County" can be seen scrolled above the County Courthouse main entrance.
Behind the War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 9, 2010
8. Behind the War Memorial
Charles J. Fager and Joan Marmapellis
Hydria, 1996
Concrete Cistern
21'x40'x10'
Commissioned by the
Hillsbough County Board of County Commissioners
through its public art program in collaboration with
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Since ancient Greek times, circa 1200 B.C. citizens have built cisterns to collect and store water. Thousands of cisterns are still in use throughout the world. Homes equiped with cisterns conserve valuable water.
Hydria, taken from the Greek word for water jar stores about 15,000 gallons of rain water in the columns and an underground tank for reuse in the courthouse irrigation system. Landscaping incorporates xeriscape principals to minimize water use. Hydria replaces 2 million gallons of water each year that otherwise would have been obtained from our potable water supply.
Hillsborough County Courthouse main entrance image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
9. Hillsborough County Courthouse main entrance
Building faces Pierce Street, as does the front face of War Memorial, which is immediately to the left outside the frame of this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,252 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   8. submitted on August 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   9. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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