ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Office of Veterans Services is proud to announce the publication of the "Veterans Memorials in Alachua County" booklet. The 36 page, updated document showcases veterans memorials throughout the County. Hardcopies of the booklet can be picked up at the Alachua County Communications Office, in the Alachua County Administration Building (1st floor, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville). The booklet is also available in two digital formats.
Click to view the interactive booklet (ISSUU document).
Click to view the downloadable booklet (PDF document).
The booklet was created to ensure that these memorials are not forgotten and to encourage citizens to visit each of them. It was a cooperative effort by Alachua County's Veterans Services Office, Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Communications Office, as well as the City of Gainesville's Division of Cultural Affairs, and many other organizations and individuals. Funding was provided by the Alachua County Bed Tax, paid by visitors to the County, through a grant program administered by the City of Gainesville.
In a joint statement US Marines, WWII/Korea Veteran, Bob Gasche, US Army/Vietnam Veteran, Jim Lynch, and retired US Army Sargent Major and County Veteran Services Director, Major Stroupe said, "We are honored to present the second edition of Veterans Memorials in Alachua County. After we published our first edition in 2008, we were delighted to learn of many more veteran memorials and markers located throughout our county.” They continued, “We only found out about these previously omitted memorials because of our very active veteran community and organizations. It seems every time we spoke before a group, we were told of another memorial that we did not know existed."
For more information, contact Jim Lynch at 352-538-3119 or Bob Gasche at 352-376-0402.