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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Merritt Island, Florida

Clickable Map of Brevard County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Brevard County, FL (315) Indian River County, FL (56) Orange County, FL (162) Osceola County, FL (15) Seminole County, FL (136) Volusia County, FL (387)  BrevardCounty(315) Brevard County (315)  IndianRiverCounty(56) Indian River County (56)  OrangeCounty(162) Orange County (162)  OsceolaCounty(15) Osceola County (15)  SeminoleCounty(136) Seminole County (136)  VolusiaCounty(387) Volusia County (387)
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Merritt Island is in Brevard County
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1Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — 1957: Cold War CooperationKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
At the height of the Cold War mistrust, scientist from around the world pressed for international cooperation in finding out more about the Sun, the Earth and its atmosphere. From July 1957 to December 1958, scientists from 67 nations worked . . . Map (db m176221) HM
2Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — A-7E Carrier-based attack-bomberVeterans Memorial Center
Manufacturer: LTV Aerospace Corporation, Dallas TX. Power plant: One 14,250lb Allison TF41-A-2 turbofan. Wing Span 38 ft 9; length, 46 ft 1 ½ in; Height, 16 ft 0 ¾; wing area, 375 sq. ft. Weights: Empty, 19,490 lb; max take off 42,000 . . . Map (db m164645) HM
3Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Aiming at the HeavensKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
With the new found power and guidance combination of the Atlas-Agena system, we now had the ability to successfully aim unmanned exploratory missions at other worlds. Teams of scientists, who could only explore the heavens with telescopes until . . . Map (db m176399) HM
4Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — America’s Women VeteransVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution with deepest appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices made by America’s Women VeteransMap (db m164618) WM
5Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — American Revolutionary WarVeterans Memorial Center
1776 Dedicated to all our Patriot Ancestors who Sacrificed their Lives, Families and Fortunes to secure our “Freedom” Map (db m164676) WM
6Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — An Industry WorkhorseKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
With its inaugural liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex-17 on February 14, 1989, the Delta II ushered in a new era in space flight. The Delta II served as the launch vehicle for the Air Force’s first Global Positioning System . . . Map (db m176869) HM
7Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Apollo 11Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Date: July 16-24, 1969 Command Module: Columbia Lunar Module: Eagle Command Module Pilot: Michael Collins Lunar Module Pilot: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Commander: Neil Armstrong
“Tranquility Base . . . Map (db m176233) HM
8Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Back On TopGoing Back to Rockets from Shuttle
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket utilizes components from Apollo, Space Shuttle and newly developed spacecraft hardware. Built to go farther than ever before, the SLS's first mission will be to . . . Map (db m176789) HM
9Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-713 — Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Merritt Island & Community Cemetery"White Lilly Cemetery" — 1892 —
Established in 1892, the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Merritt Island was the first African Methodist Episcopal church on North Tropical Trail, located on land James R. Ragan originally acquired through the Homestead Act in 1895. The wooden church sat on . . . Map (db m101067) HM
10Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Chasing the Russian BearKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Space was just for science fiction fans until the world’s first man-made satellite—the USSR’s Sputnik—beep, beep, beeped down at us from orbit. At the time, there were many views about the exploration of space. “War Hawks” imagined a future with . . . Map (db m176323) HM
11Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Combat Wounded VeteransVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated to the recipients of the nation’s oldest military decoration “The Purple Heart” My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind . . . Map (db m164817) WM
12Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Delta II: By The NumbersKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
52 Science & Exploration Missions 57 National Security Missions 46 Commercial Missions Height: 128 feet (39 meters) Diameter: 8 feet (2.4 meters) First Stage Propellants: Rocket Propellant (RP-1 – . . . Map (db m177143) HM
13Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-1092 — Dennis Sawyer Memorial Park and CemeteryCirca 1956
Dennis Sawyer Memorial Park was established in 1956 when R.V. and Hazel Woods deeded three acres of land for use as an African American cemetery. It was originally managed by Greater Mount Olive AME Church, but years later, the cemetery deteriorated . . . Map (db m192604) HM
14Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — First Buffalo HuntVeterans Memorial Center
Over three years from 2013-16, Navy veteran Jim McDole, of part Choctaw and Cherokee Heritage, carved this magnificent first buffalo hunt from a large block of fallon Chinese tallow. McDole was a homeless veteran during most of his labors. The . . . Map (db m164840) WM
15Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-607 — Georgiana Railway: 1892-1894
In 1892, Frank Cass Allen, a Georgiana merchant, began building a 0.6-mile standard-gauge railway with steel rail and wood ties across Merritt’s Island at this location, connecting docks on the Indian and Banana Rivers. It was part of his private . . . Map (db m94408) HM
16Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-547 — Georgianna United Methodist Church
Georgianna United Methodist Church was built in the community of Georgiana on Merritt's Island in 1886. The ringing of the church bell still marks the beginning of worship as it has for many decades. Franklin C. Allen, Jr., a local homesteader, . . . Map (db m102267) HM
17Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Getting History Off the GroundKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
No one has ever counted the number of technical challenges we needed to overcome in the infant days of America’s space program. Many of the early rockets would lift just a few feet of their launch platforms before falling back and exploding. . . . Map (db m176658) HM
18Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Global Television ArrivesKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
In 1960, the first live television signal to cross an ocean created an instant sensation and spawned a communication revolution. The signal bounced off a huge Mylar balloon we called Echo, which was launched into orbit by a Delta rocket in August . . . Map (db m176402) HM
19Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-575 — John H. Sams Homestead
The Sams family came to Brevard County from South Carolina in 1875 to take advantage of the 1860 Homestead Act. The family consisted of John Hanahan Sams, his wife Sarah, their five children, John's brother William Sams, and his sister, Catherine . . . Map (db m176325) HM
20Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-1048 — John R. Field Homestead
In 1868, the Field family landed on Merritt Island to start a new life. A year later, much of the family returned to Macon, Georgia, but the two eldest brothers John R. (J.R.) and Samuel J. (Sam) Field remained. Using the Homestead Act of 1862, they . . . Map (db m140801) HM
21Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Korean Veterans MemorialVeterans Memorial Center
Has been erected to Honor and Remember All Veterans Who Died and Served in the Cause of Freedom, Preserving Democracy of South Korea 1950 – 1953 – and on Against Communist Aggression Freedom is Not Free . . . Map (db m164614) WM
22Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Learning to DriveKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Atlas rocket gave us the power to reach orbit, but it was the Agena on top that bridged the huge gap between getting there and getting down to work. The Agena was powered by an engine we could turn on and off at will. It was also the first to . . . Map (db m176663) HM
23Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Learning to Phone HomeKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The first challenge was getting the hardware into space. But even the biggest rocket would be no more than fireworks if we couldn’t ride along – even if was just electronically for the time being. The devices and systems needed for space . . . Map (db m176646) HM
24Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — M41 Walker Bulldog American light tankVeterans Memorial Center
Wt: 24 tons 46 mm cannon 45mph Use: reconnaissance Crew: 4 Replaced World War II M24 Chaffee Tank Manufacturer: Cadillac Motor Car Division of GM Production: Cleveland, Ohio 1951-1954 Total Manufactured: 5,467 Worldwide Service . . . Map (db m164643) HM
25Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Mars Exploration RoverKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
After six month journey’s NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on Mars in January, 2004. Initially intended to last 92 days, both rovers exceeded expectations with Spirit lasting six years and Opportunity exploring the . . . Map (db m177159) HM
26Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Medal of HonorVeterans Memorial Center
Awarded by the United States of America for “Conspicuous” Gallantry and Intrepidity at the Risk of His or Her Life above and beyond the Call of Duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States. . . . Map (db m164675) WM
27Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — NASA’s Jet SetKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
NASA maintains a fleet of Northrop T-38 Talon supersonic jets for astronaut training and proficiency flights. The jets were produced for the U.S. Air Force between 1961 and 1972. Most space buffs will recognize the T-38 jet as the . . . Map (db m177138) HM
28Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Operation Desert StormVeterans Memorial Center
Timeline 1990 Aug. 2: Iraq Invades Kuwait Aug. 7: F-15’s Depart to Persian Gulf Aug. 7: USS Independence to Persian Gulf Nov. 8: 200,000 Troops Depart U.S. Nov. 29: U.N. Authorizes Force 1991 Jan. 12: U.S. Congress . . . Map (db m164667) HM WM
29Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Operation Enduring FreedomVeterans Memorial Center
Their valor and sacrifice took the fight to the enemy likely saving many American lives at home. They gave the Afghan people their best chance in history to be free of fear and oppression. “All Gave Some Some Gave All” . . . Map (db m164673) WM
30Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Operation Iraqi FreedomVeterans Memorial Center
"Operation Iraqi Freedom" U.S. Served in Iraq 1.5 mil. WIA 32,226, 4 MOH Awarded, KIA 4,491 Brevard County Service Members killed while serving in Iraq Army PFC Michael Creighton Weldon, 20 Palm Bay, KIA 29 Mar 2003 . . . Map (db m164824) WM
31Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — OrionKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
NASA’s Orion spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin will take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before! Orion is the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency escape, if needed, sustain the crew during the space . . . Map (db m176730) HM
32Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — POW★MIAVeterans Memorial Center
This memorial honors all Prisoners of War, remembering the tremendous hardships endured at the hands of their ruthless enemies as they braved captivity. The resilience and strength of the American service men and women showed great devotion and . . . Map (db m164845) WM
33Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-571 — Provost Hall
Provost Hall was originally constructed in 1910 as the Georgiana Club house on land provided by Charles D. Provost and his wife Gertrude Breese Provost. Until their grandchildren, Charles D. Provost and his sister, Mary Virginia Provost Katz, gave . . . Map (db m94407) HM
34Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — SATAN Tracking Antenna
The primary function of the SATAN tracking antenna was to receive radio signals in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) range of 136 to 137 megahertz from orbiting unmanned spacecraft. In service from 1964 until 1979 . . . Map (db m13923) HM
35Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Saturn V
Saturn V, the United States’ largest and most powerful launch vehicle, was designed to hurl American astronauts in an Apollo capsule to the Moon. Composed of three stages and an instrument unit, the Saturn V, which stood 111 meters (363 feet) tall, . . . Map (db m105211) HM
36Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — September, 11th, 2001Veterans Memorial Center
In Memory of September, 11th, 2001 These two pieces of steel recovered from ground zero, stand in honor of all of those who lost their lives that day in a coordinated terrorist attack on the “World Trade Center” New York . . . Map (db m164692) WM
37Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — September, 11th, 2001Veterans Memorial Center
In Memory of September, 11th, 2001 These two pieces of steel recovered from ground zero, stand in honor of all of those who lost their lives that day in a coordinated terrorist attack on the “World Trade Center” New York . . . Map (db m165351) WM
38Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Shaping Things to ComeKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Less than three years after Sputnik, NASA began test firing the Saturn I, the first launch vehicle created specifically for the space program. It was the largest rocket ever built in America and lead to the development of the huge Saturn V. The . . . Map (db m176664) HM
39Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Shooting the Moon, Dreaming of StarsKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
America’s newfound enthusiasm for space opened the door for an army of scientific visionaries who had dreamed of this opportunity for generations. It wasn’t just telescopes anymore. It was going there, taking notes, building the immeasurable . . . Map (db m176329) HM
40Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Sons of the American RevolutionBrevard Chapter — Liberty Tree —
"We descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices established the United States of America …” dedicate this Liberty Tree in their honor.Map (db m164622) WM
41Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-574 — St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Courtenay was formed by the Porcher, LaRoche, Sams and other families that settled on north Merritt Island after leaving the Charleston, South Carolina area in 1875 due to the loss of their homes and plantations during . . . Map (db m101022) HM
42Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Swords Into PlowsharesKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Looking into the rearview mirror, we can only shake our heads at the fear and paranoia that chained two powerful nations to a seesaw of guided missiles and possible nuclear destruction. In that mirror we should also remember that it was the Cold . . . Map (db m176565) HM
43Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — The “Dixie Doughboy”Veterans Memorial Center
There were 33,331 soldiers from Florida who served in World War I. Many served in the 31st Infantry Division. A division composed of soldiers primarily from Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Nicknamed the “Dixie Division”. This . . . Map (db m164625) WM
44Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-557 — The Clifton Colored School1890-1891
Before the Clifton Schoolhouse was built, Butler Campbell and Andrew Jackson’s children were home schooled by a black teacher, Mr. Mahaffey. The teacher was paid five dollars for each student, after examination by the County School Superintendent. . . . Map (db m107986) HM
45Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — The End of the BeginningKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
What began as a competition of fear in 1958 became a quest for common ground 17 years later. On July 15, 1975, Russia launched their Soyuz spacecraft into orbit. Seven hours later, the Saturn IB launched an Apollo Command Service Module fitted . . . Map (db m176585) HM
46Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-583 — The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary War
The last naval battle of the American Revolutionary War took place off the coast of Cape Canaveral on March 10, 1783. The fight began when three British ships sighted two Continental Navy ships, the Alliance commanded by Captain John Barry . . . Map (db m94406) HM
47Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-1091 — The Legacy of Dennis Sawyer
Edwin Dennis Sawyer (1874-1964) was born in the Bahamas, the second child of freed slave Alfred Sawyer. From age 18-25, Dennis worked on a ship and then in Ft. Pierce as a fisherman. In 1898, after moving to Cocoa, he married Rebecca Dallas. The . . . Map (db m192603) HM
48Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — The Power of ApolloKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The most powerful liquid-fueled rocket engine ever produced, the F-1 engine, was a critical component in sending astronauts to the moon during the Apollo Program. Developed under the direction of Wernher von Braun, the Saturn V rocket was the . . . Map (db m176600) HM
49Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — The Sun Rides a WorkhorseKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Delta was the fourth configuration of the Thor-Able launch vehicle. Although not part of the human space program, and never achieving the fame of the Redstone, Atlas or Saturn, the Delta and its 34 variations have been the workhorse of . . . Map (db m176638) HM
50Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — U.S. Military Chaplain CorpsVeterans Memorial Center
Humanity In War This monument honors all military members of the Chaplain Corps. Remember those who serve our troops be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or any other religion. The first chaplain was commissioned on . . . Map (db m164838) WM
51Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-659 — Ulumay
The Ais were one of the most influential and powerful tribes in Florida when Spanish Army Lt. Alvaro Mexia mapped Ulumay Lagoon in 1605. He wrote in his diary “Here is the town of Ulumay, the first one of the province of Ais. In back of and . . . Map (db m72602) HM
52Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Veterans Memorial ParkVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Services of the United States Board of County Commissioners Carol Senne, Chairman District III Truman Scarborough, Jr. District I Roger W. Dobson District II Sue Schmitt . . . Map (db m164826) WM
53Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Vietnam 1959-1975Veterans Memorial Center
To Honor All Men & Women Who Served in Vietnam Together Then Together Again All Gave Some Some Gave All Map (db m164612) WM
54Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — War DogsVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated to war dogs and their handlers, past, present & future. Your deeds and sacrifices will always be remembered.Map (db m164732) WM
55Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — We Are “Go” For LaunchKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
This countdown clock from Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site is considered one of the most-viewed timekeepers in the world, second only to London’s Big Ben Clock. Built in 1969 during the Apollo program, the clock counted down launches for the . . . Map (db m176218) HM
56Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Working in Space, Two By TwoKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
If the Mercury missions proved that humans could survive and work in the most hostile environment ever explored, it was the Gemini Program that tested and proved the skills and systems we needed to get to the moon and back. On June 3, . . . Map (db m176724) HM
57Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — World War IIVeterans Memorial Center
Lest We Forget European Theater Morocco , Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Salerno, Naples, Corsica, Anzio, Cassino V.E. Day 8 May 1945 Pacific Theater Pearl Harbor, Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Bataan, Battle of . . . Map (db m164687) WM
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Aug. 8, 2022