Main Entrance with Flag for WRGJ park
Soon, construction will begin on the Beirut Peacekeepers Memorial Tower, in Port Charlotte, a town recently impacted by hurricane Ian, at a park named after one of the Marines who died in the Beirut explosion, Cpl. William R. Gaines, Jr.
By Senator Connie Mack (Retired)

Veterans memorial officially dedicated at Gaines Park

Charlotte Sun Article

February 17, 2022

Ken Wint, from Gold Star Families, spoke of his brother Capt. Walter E. Wint Jr. — another Marine killed in Beirut. Capt. Wint was Gaines’ superior officer at the time of the bombing.

'We Stand As One'

Charlotte Sun Article

January 13, 2022

Combined Color Guard at First Responder Dedication
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell called the new memorial “a place where law enforcement, firefighters and EMS will stand together as one. Don’t focus on how they died; remember how they lived."

Freedom Run powers on as 2021 comes to a close

Charlotte Sun Article

January 1, 2022

Runners take off at 2021 Freedom Run
Cutting through the early morning fog on New Year’s Eve, over 170 runners gathered in position at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park.


Charlotte Sun Article

December 29, 2021

Visitors can view memorials at Edgewater Drive park