Patrol Squadron Memorial
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial was conceived as a privately funded
effort that would use donations from individuals, groups and businesses
to fully fund the cost of building the
Memorial. No government funds were sought or obtained to build
the Memorial. After more than two full years of fund-raising work
by the Memorial Committee, the amounts raised are gradually reaching a
level that will soon be sufficient to cover all the expenses of
building the Memorial.
The principal source of income for the Memorial has been the “sale” of inscribed bricks that will form the perimeter of the Memorial patio and the walkway leading to it. Donations to obtain bricks are federally tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations since the sponsoring agency, the VP-2 Association, is an IRS 501(c)(19) organization. Inscribed bricks are intended to honor people, flight crews, squadrons, or other groups.
Contributions of $5,000 or more will be recognized by inscriptions on the larger 12”x12” tiles in the walkway leading from the sidewalk to the Memorial patio.
Those wishing to order inscribed bricks are asked to get their orders in the mail by May 15, 2006. The contract for procuring and inscribing the bricks will be awarded around June 1, 2006.
The Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial Committee wishes to thank all those whose most-generous contributions are making this Memorial possible.
Dedication of the Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial will occur on 14Sep2006. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 AM in Veterans Memorial Park in Oak Harbor. This date coincides with the VP-2 reunion planned for that timeframe. It is anticipated that Navy officials, local politicians and visiting dignitaries will attend the ceremony in addition to a large number of former members of VP-2 and other squadrons. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony.
The Whidbey Patrol Squadrons
Whidbey-based patrol squadrons have been serving the fleet and preserving the peace for over sixty years. Those who served and those who died in their service of their country deserve to be remembered. Whether it was carrying out long-range bombing missions in WWII, providing ground support to the troops in Korea, flying interdiction missions around Vietnam, paralleling the Soviet coastline in search of tell-tale electronic signals, or flying in the worst weather on earth to keep tabs on the submarines of our potential enemies, VP personnel got the job done.
|The Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial is sponsored by the Patrol Squadron Two Association|