Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary (HM1SI7)

Location: Vero Beach, FL 32963 Indian River County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 38.86', W 80° 22.113'

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River travel was vital to the early human activity of Florida and the Indian River area. In the early 1900's, efforts began to dredge the Indian River. By the 1930's, the U.S. Corps of Engineers routinely maintained this channel called the Intracoastal Waterway. After World War II the channel was once again slated for dredging and Alex MacWilliam, Sr., a veteran and member of the Florida Legislature, proposed a special project and persuaded the federal government to realign the existing Vero Beach channel to make way for a modern drawbridge (the first Merrill P. Barber Bridge) and to create a memorial island with the surplus dredging material. Lest We Forget are the words used in the dedication of this island on May 3, 1964. This one man and hundreds of citizens in Indian River County did not forget and 17 years later created Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. The Vero Beach Beautification Society and the Garden Club coordinated the beautification of the property. Today the Stars and Stripes wave proudly over this Island Sanctuary which can be seen from the deep channel of the Intracoastal Waterway and the two modern bridges now spanning the Indian River.
HM NumberHM1SI7
Marker NumberF-559
Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Indian River County Historical Society The Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Advisory Committee And The Florida Department Of State
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Date Added Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 562287 N 3058332
Decimal Degrees27.64766667, -80.36855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 38.86', W 80° 22.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 38' 51.6" N, 80° 22' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)772
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 Dahlia Ln, Vero Beach FL 32963, US
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