Ceremonies and Memorials

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary is located adjacent to Riverside Park on the Barrier Island, south of the Merrill Barber Bridge.

After World War II, the Intracoastal Waterway was slated for dredging and Mr. Alex Mac Williams, Sr., a veteran, and member of the Florida Legislature persuaded The Federal Government to realign the existing Vero Beach channel to make way for a modern drawbridge and to create a Memorial Island with the surplus dredging material. The island was purchased by the City of Vero Beach on May 5, 1947, and it was dedicated in early 1960’s as Memorial Island Park. On August 19, 2003, a Veteran Memorial Island Sanctuary Advisory Committee was formed to assist the City Council and the Veterans Council with reviewing documentation for proposed memorials to be constructed on the Island.

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary

On July 6, 2004, the name was changed to Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary is now a quiet haven for reflection on the sacrifices made by men and women in the Armed Forces of our Country. It contains memorials to the men and women of Indian River County who died in combat while defending our Country. Because this island was created for quiet contemplation, all uses must be in keeping with the purpose and intent of a Veterans Sanctuary and therefore general recreational activities are not permitted. It has been said that this is one of the most beautiful Veteran Sanctuaries in the Country. We welcome you to come and take a walk on the Island or sit on a bench and reflect on the sacrifices of our Veterans of the Armed Forces.

The Memorial Island Committee authorized uses of the Island for honoring veterans. All ceremonies need to be approved.

Ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary

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