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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW VETERANS MONUMENT – APRIL 20, 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


Tampa – On behalf of the Hillsborough County Veterans Park and Museum Committee (HCVPM), please join us at the War Between the States (WBTS) Theatre Monument groundbreaking-kickoff commencing at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 20, 2013 at the Hillsborough County Veterans Park, 3602 US Highway 301, Tampa, ¼ mile south of the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The WBTS Theatre is one of twelve dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Hillsborough Veterans in each of America’s wars since Hillsborough County became a civic entity in 1834. Upon completion, the Theatre will comprise a Monument that will bear the names of men from Hillsborough County who fought to protect their homes & Florida. It will also include a history of the War’s impact upon the founding families of Hillsborough County. Through the HCVPM’s efforts, the project has garnered enthusiastic support from numerous veterans and historical groups, all seeking to honor Hillsborough County Veterans who served during the WBTS conflict.

Tampa Bay’s often forgotten but significant naval history during the War will be a highlight of the Theatre’s Monument design, bringing attention to the legendary blockade runners, their courageous captains and crews who risked life and property during the War-time naval blockade (see attached design) to deliver critical wartime supplies. With its unique theme, once completed, this Monument will be the only one commemorating this aspect of the War anywhere in the United States.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be conducted by HCVPM Committee Chairman David Braun and assisted by the others supporting the project including the Tampa Bay Sesquicentennial Commission ( “We’re excited to get moving on another theatre”, said Chairman Braun.

Early donors to the WBTS Monument fund will be recognized during the event. The public will be invited and encouraged to participate by sponsoring a memorial brick or bench (details at The WBTS Monument project will continue to fruition in concert with the other War Theatres, as Hillsborough County builds a world-class Veterans Park honoring the sacrifice of Veterans of all our County’s armed conflicts.

Following the Groundbreaking, a solemn Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony will be held. Florida Statute 683.01 designates April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor the Confederate Veteran. This photogenic, colorful ceremony will feature prominent Gen. JEB Stuart impressionist Wayne Edwards, patriotic music, traditional hymns, kilted Color Guard and Post Piper of the Scottish American Military Society Post 1951, and culminate in a black powder rifle salute by gray-clad re-enactors. Complimentary refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

A special attraction will be a special showing of War Between the States art of renowned artist and World War II veteran John Silva. These pieces are part of the Museum’s collection, but are not regularly displayed.

Co-Hosts of the ceremony will be Confederate Cantinieres Chapter 2405 ( Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter 2640 ( of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Judah P. Benjamin Camp 2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans ( and the Tampa Bay Sesquicentennial Commission.


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