Semper Fidelis Park Opens
– April 25, 2011 2:10 pm
Triangle, Va. –– Visitors to the National Museum of the Marine Corps will now have new trails to walk and a new park to visit.
Earlier this month, museum officials dedicated Semper Fidelis Memorial Park on the grounds of the expanding museum complex in Triangle.
The new park sits on 23.2 acres of ground at the complex, includes nearly 2 miles of new trails, and provides access to the southern section of Old Kings Highway, Locust Shade Park, and the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel also on the grounds of the museum.
“The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation hopes that Semper Fidelis Memorial Park becomes an inspiring place of reverence and reflection. We felt it was important that visitors to the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Center not only experience American history through the eyes of Marines in exhibits and artifacts, but to have Semper Fidelis Memorial Park as a special place to stroll quietly through the great Virginia countryside and remember those who have gone before us and the legacy they have left us to honor and uphold,” said LtGen Ron Christmas, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in a press release.
Also at the new park are benches, memorials and over 16,000 commemorative bricks placed to honor Marines units’ and their family members.
Marines are encouraged to reflect on their service as they stroll through the park.