The development of the first Veterans Park to honor our nation’s hero’s from ALL wars or conflicts opened Oct. 7th, 2017 and to our knowledge there is no other park like this in the country. Our motto is “Honoring All Who Serve”. This beautiful park is located just south of Memphis, Tn. in Southaven, Ms. at I-55 and Church Road, Exit 287, between Southern Thunder Harley Davidson & the Economics Council Office at 4716 Pepper Chase Drive. Our park is unique in that it is not just a Memorial Park to honor those who are deceased but a Veterans Park to show our appreciation to the living for their service. The park includes picnic tables and a quarter mile walking trail. We are so proud to be able to honor our most precious citizens and members of the largest family in the world, our Veterans. Imagine reading the historical events that shaped our country, to think of that ancestor, that parent, that spouse, that child, that brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin that was part of making our country what it is today. Their sacrifice should not be minimized and cannot be measured, it can only be honored. Additional history of each war is at the “Wars” tab. View the latest news and any upcoming events at the park on the “Updates” tab or on FB @ DeSoto County Veterans Park. We are also members of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce and can be located on the Chamber website at the Directory Tab by typing DeSoto County Veterans Park in the search bar.
The park honors ALL U.S. Veterans, regardless of their state of residence with plaques from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, including the Middle East & Caribbean Conflicts and the Cold War/Gulf Wars. Plaques honoring our dogs, horses & pigeons as “They Also Served”, those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, and Gold Star Families are also recognized. 7 military service marks and flags representing each branch of the military are also included. Across the levee is a “Walk of Honor” bordered with bricks (see below) honoring Veterans and the POW/MIA chair and flag are at the center. Office hours are 9-5 M-F, however the park is open 24-7. The walkway and all markers are individually lit and the “Walk of Honor” has motion activated lights. Visit the DeSoto County Veterans Park, take a walk through the history of our country, and honor the Veterans that fought to preserve our freedoms.
To see pictures of the 15 beautiful bronze plaques in the park, use the Preview Tab or: >click here.
Veterans bricks for the “Walk of Honor” are no longer available as of June 1, 2023. The curvature of the walkway began creating a large gap between the bricks and the walkway, plus the increasing amount of rocks and concrete that was used during the construction of the levee and said walkway is becoming an issue as well, making it very difficult to place the bricks uniformly. Since there seems to be no viable option the board has regretfully decided to discontinue the process. Thanks for understanding & God Bless to All!!
Ways to Donate:
– Online, right here on the website
– By U.S. Mail sent to: DeSoto County Veterans Park 4716 Pepper Chase Drive Southaven, MS. 38671
- – At any BankPlus of Mississippi to: DeSoto Veterans Park Assoc. Inc.