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
Join us for one of the last 5k's of the year and let's leave 2021 in the dust! The race will start and end at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park. All proceeds will go toward the Beirut Peacekeepers Memorial Tower.

9am start time

Every day should be Veterans Day

Charlotte Sun Article

November 12, 2021

Progress took a big leap on Veterans Day at the Williams R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park with the unveiling of a $100,000 check from a late World War II veteran. Charlotte Sun Article, By BETSY CALVERT Staff Writer
The symbolism between these two memorials connects the mission of those who served as multi-national peacekeepers in Beirut from 1982 to 1984. Their mission to provide both military and first responder type services to provide a blanket of freedom in foreign land represent the American spirit.

Liberty Tree dedicated at Veterans Park

From the Charlotte Sun

November 8, 2021

A live oak tree was dedicated as a Liberty Tree during a ceremony at William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park on Edgewater Drive in Port Charlotte.