IRAQ Memorial Photo Albums

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Photos from the Afghanistan War Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Huge thanks to everyone who planned, supported and attended the Afghanistan War Memorial Dedication Ceremony!

I posted photos of the event in this Facebook Group:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


p.s. Please remember to take an extra moment to give thanks to our brave men and women deployed this year and their loved ones missing them dearly.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Today @ 11am - Dedication Ceremony - Afghanistan War Memorial - 151 FL Fallen & OEF Vets

Good Morning!

The big day is here... attached are the event details.

Watch this quick video to view the memorial and ceremony location: 

Thank you to all our supporters!


p.s. Please arrive before 10:30am ... bring a folding chair!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Afghanistan Memorial Meeting, Saturday, June 17th, 10:00AM at Veterans Memorial Park, Tampa

The Veterans Memorial Park and Museum Committee, requests your support to plan a Dedication Ceremony of the Afghanistan Memorial in Tampa, FL.

Please join us this Saturday at 10:00am to review the construction progress and to discuss dedication ceremony preparations.

Meeting Details:

PURPOSE:            Find additional volunteers to support this momentous event
DATE:                    Saturday, June 17th
TIME:                    1000-1100
LOCATION:            Veterans Memorial Park at 3602 N. Highway 301, Tampa, Florida
POC:                      Annette Kirk at

Event Details:

WHO:                    Veterans Memorial Park & Museum Committee and Hillsborough County
WHAT:                   Dedication Ceremony of Afghanistan Memorial
WHY:                     Honor Hillsborough County's 16 Fallen, Florida's 135 Fallen, and Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
WHERE:                Veterans Memorial Park at 3602 N. Highway 301, Tampa, Florida
WHEN:                  Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1100-1230
HOW:                    Attend the Ceremony or Volunteer at the Event

General Joseph L. Votel agreed to be the keynote speaker for the dedication ceremony.

Thank you for all your support!

Mark Goujon
Committee Member
Afghanistan Memorial

p.s. Attached is a press release and poster for a Hillsborough County remembrance event on Saturday, June 24th, in honor of those who served and died in Korea, "The Forgotten War." 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Afghanistan Memorial, Tampa - Dedication Ceremony - October 7, 2017 - Presentation

Happy Memorial Day!

Please let me know if you would like to receive emails regarding the upcoming dedication ceremony for the Afghanistan Memorial in Tampa scheduled for October 7, 2017.

The Veterans Park Committee is grateful for the success of the Iraq Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony held on December 14, 2013:

Thank you for your past support and we'd greatly appreciate your ongoing support to honor Florida's 151 fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom 2001-2014.

Attached is a presentation and documents with additional details about the Afghanistan Memorial and the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, FL.

Thank you!

Mark Goujon
Committee Member
Afghanistan Memorial 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fwd: Fw: July 11, 2015 Field of Honor Press Release

Please contact Walt Raysick at if you would like to be added to his contact list for future email invites to the quarterly Field of Honor ceremony to honor our fallen.

Thank you, Mark

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Walter Raysick <>
Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 4:42 PM
Subject: Fw: July 11, 2015 Field of Honor Press Release

All, please forward this info to your contacts.  I don't have their addresses anymore since my computer crashed.  If you can copy their e-mail addresses in the CC line so I can bookmark. Steve, I need Lori Yago's e-mail Greg, please forward to the American Legion Riders.  Thanks Walt

You are all cordially invited to attend the Quarterly Field of Honor
Ceremonies at Veterans Memorial park on Saturday, July 11 at 11100.  Please
see the below press release and attached flyer.  Thanks-----
Submitted by:
Walt Raysick,  Past President,
Veterans Council of Hillsborough County, Inc.


At 11:00 am on Saturday, July 11, 2015 the Hillsborough County Veterans
Council will be conducting their quarterly Field of Honor Ceremony at the
Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 SFC Paul R. Smith Memorial Highway (US Highway
301 North), Tampa, Florida to honor service men and women who have made the
supreme sacrifice during the past three months,April through June
while engaged in this country's War on Terror in Operations Inherent Resolve
andFreedom's Sentinel. There are four casualties to report for this quarter.
We will also honor the two Marines killed in a training exercise in Hawaii,
when their Osprey Aircraft crashed and the six marines killed on the
Humanitarian Mission in Nepal when their helicopter crashed in a mountain
delivering supplies.

This quarter's event will be hosted by the Veterans Council of Hillsborough
County, Inc. and the 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion, USMC, Tampa  will
present the colors. The POW/MIA Chair of Honor will be on display.The
National Anthem will be sung by Thurneii "Chip" Shields, Retired U.S. Marine
and Hillsborough County Firefighter.The invocation will be offered by
Ms.Mary Ellen Harlan,Veterans Council Chaplain. There will be a fly over
with the missing man formation by Ye Mystic AirKrewe followed by a rifle
salute and TAPS by the Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend to show
your support for America's service members. The Veterans Council of
Hillsborough County, Inc. Is now a IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt organization,
EIN #38-3940343. Donations can be sent to P. 0. Box 3317, Brandon, FL
33509-3317.For further information contact Walt Raysick, Past President of
the Hillsborough County Veterans Council at 813-653-4924 or

Attached is the flier for this event that you may use as part of this press


Friday, April 3, 2015

April 4th Marine Families Birthday Picnic Celebration & Iraq Veterans Memorial Bench Fundraiser

The Non-Profit Group, Marine Families, wants everyone to join in their 11th year celebration.

Today at 11:00am - 3:00pm

Veterans Memorial Park and Museum
3602 N Us Highway 301, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Free Cookout 
  • Music
  • Face Painting & Easter Egg Hunt for the kids
  • Raffle Prizes
  • JROTC Performances
  • Marine Recruiters
  • Jet Car on Display
  • & lots more.......... plus of course BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!
*You may bring a side dish to share if you would like, not mandatory.


p.s. Please let me know if you, or your company/organization are interested in sponsoring the last bench spot in the Iraq Veterans Memorial. Attached are the fundraiser details.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Song Loud and Proud Christmas by Melodie Crittenden - Iraq Veterans Memorial Photos

If you like to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays SHARE... 

"Loud and Proud Christmas by Melodie Crittenden" on Youtube:

Help get 1,000 views before Christmas by SHARING, Tweeting and Emailing this video to your family and friends. 

Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas!


p.s. Check out photos of the wreath donated by Wreaths Across America at the Iraq Veterans Memorial posted on Facebook:

On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM, Goujon Mark <> wrote:

Sharing is caring...

Check out this article about my Christmas song in the Brandon issue of The Tampa Tribune:
Merry Christmas and thanks to everyone who contributed to the Iraq Veterans Memorial (IVM)!!!

p.s. I uploaded the HTV video of the IVM dedication to the Media section of ... the one year anniversary of the ceremony is December 14th!!!