USAF MEDAL OF HONOR MEMORIAL
In 1996 the Miami Valley Military Affairs Association enthusiastically accepted a challenge from Wright - Patterson Air Force Base officials to spearhead the fundraising effort and to oversee the construction of a memorial to all U.S. Air Force Medal of Honor recipients.
This memorial is a very special, and long overdue tribute to 58 of America's greatest heroes. The memorial, "Valor Park," is located adjacent to the entrance of the National Museum of the United States Air Force at WPAFB, near Dayton, Ohio. This location makes it convenient to more than 1.2 million visitors annually. Valor Park underscores the rich aviation heritage of the region and state to visitors from all over the world. It serves an important educational purpose by preserving the names and accomplishments of all those Air Force personnel who served the nation "above and beyond" for future generations.
Construction of the park was financed entirely through private, tax-deductible donations. MVMAA funded all administrative and miscellaneous expenses, thereby allowing 100% of each donation to go directly to the construction of the park.
"Valor Park" was dedicated and gifted to the U.S. Air Force on May 11, 2002. Present at the dedication were the six living recipients of the U.S. Air Force Medal of Honor: Jay Zeamer, Jr., George E. "Bud" Day, Bernard F. "Bernie" Fisher, James P. Fleming, Joe M. Jackson, and Leo K. Thorsness.
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