Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation. Its purpose has been to honor thousands of Alabamians who served in the 20th and 21st Century wars with a memorial in a park setting. That endeavor has two phases. The Memorial (Phase I) exists and AVMF continues to seek funds to build an education building (Phase II).
The Memorial sits in a park atmosphere created for teaching, for learning, for celebration of peace and for celebration of democracy. Visitors will view and experience the following premier attractions:
Regiment of Columns
Veterans and their families are the soul of The Alabama Veterans Memorial. Their thoughts, letters, telegrams, and personal histories are communicated in several forms throughout the Memorial. Many of the "testaments" contributed to The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation are cast in metal and mounted with other reliefs on a series of columns standing tall and proud upon the hilltop Memorial complex. The words engraved in the memories of mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, wives and husbands - words that forever remind the ones who loved of the one they lost - are now engraved forever in this powerful monument at The Alabama Veterans Memorial in Birmingham. Also permanently memorialized on the 36 columns are the citations of Alabama's 24 Medal of Honor recipients engraved in brushed aluminum plaque castings. In addition to the Medal of Honor citations and personal "last letters" is patriotic artwork produced by Alabama artists.
Hall of Honor
The Hall of Honor temple, houses the individual names of over 11,000 Alabamians who lost their lives in the defense of freedom. Their scarifice will be forever remembered in the etched stone. An important mission of the Alabama Veterans Memorial is to educate young people about war and peace and civic responsibility. Today's high school students were not born when the last US troops left Vietnam, and, if recent test results are valid, today's college students have almost no knowledge of WWI and WWII and even less of the Korean Conflict.
American Flag Plaza
with Veterans StepStone Courtyard
The Alabama Veterans Memorial is far more than just a park... It is a message from all Alabamians, recognizing the price of freedom and peace. Amid peaceful Alabama woodlands, you can peruse the names of Alabamians lost to war. In the American Flag Plaza you will see our 132 foot tall flag pole with the American flag surrounded on the ground by our StepStone Memorial which contains engraved stepstones honoring American warriors.
The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation is making it possible for all US veterans to secure a special place of remembrance at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Engraved 8" X 4" markers will bear the name of any US veteran or military unit donors wish to honor.Engraved upon the inner walls of the Alabama Veterans Memorial are names of more than 11,000 soldiers who gave their lives in wars of the 20th century. Now the names of all US veterans have the opportunity to be recognized through this StepStone campaign... If you are a US veteran, or if there is someone close to you, living or deceased, who served our nation, take this rare opportunity to have a StepStone marker engraved and permanently inlaid on the grounds of the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, for all to see. Click Here to learn more!