1519 - 1574
(Front):Illustrious son of Aviles, Spain
Governor and Captain General, Conquistador,
Adelantado in Perpetuity of Florida.
Founded St. Augustine September 8, 1565
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Statue was a gift of the people of the city of
Aviles, Spain to the people of St. Augustine.
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Formal dedication ceremonies held September 8, 1972
Attended by distinguished delegations from
Spain and the United States(Left Side):Parque de Men?ndez
dedicated by the city commision
St. Augustine, Florida
the Ambassador of Spain to the U.S.
Men?ndez Day Ceremony
February 15, 1978(Right):In the three hundred and fiftieth year
after the death of
Conquistador and Adelantado
the City of Saint Augustine
The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of Spain, Alexander P. Moore, together with Messers Angel L. Cuesta, John B. Stetson, Jr., A.M. Taylor, Obe P. Goode, Frederick S. Vaill, Frank W. Nix, Edward G. Vaill, W.A. MacWilliams and Robert M. Scott, representing the State of Florida, the City of Saint Augustine, the Florida State Historical Society, the Florida Historical Society, and the Historical Society of Saint Augustine who crossed the Atlantic Ocean for this purpose, joined with the inhabitants of the City of Aviles in honoring the Governor of Florida and founder of Saint Augustine, the illustrious son of this his native city, by taking part in the exercises of remembrance and in the translation of his mortal remains to their new resting place in the Church of San Nicolas, on the August 8,9, and 10 A.D. 1924 and in memory of him this honored they have caused to be erected this tablet setting forth thereby their grateful acknowledgement of the debt owed by the New World to Spain for the civilization, culture and progress contributed to Florida and to the Republic of the United States of AmericaErected by the City of Saint Augustine
Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles
on September 8, 1565
1574 Anno Domini 1924