365 Things to Do in Memphis #149: Visit Veteran’s Plaza

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 25th 2020 3955 0

Honor Shelby County’s veterans (and complete assignment #149 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis) this Memorial day with a visit to Veteran’s Plaza in Overton Park.

Veteran's Plaza, Overton Park, Memphis, Tenn.

The plaza, which is at the west end of the park, honors Shelby County’s veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. The monuments are dedicated to the more than 2500 people from the Memphis area who lost their lives during service to the armed forces.

Fun fact: The plaza’s most notable monument, a giant copper doughboy, was made from pennies collected by local school children. The statue itself was controversial when it was installed in 1926.

Go there:

Veteran’s Plaza

Overton Park
2080 Poplar Avenue,
Memphis, TN

Originally published May 28, 2012

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