March 9, 2017
Dear Families of POW/MIA,
A couple of years ago, we came upon the POW/MIA Memorial at former Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. Many are even unaware of the existence of this Memorial. It was later learned that the master plan for Cecil Commerce Center would include developing on and around some of the Memorial areas.
We believe these areas should be preserved and properly taken care of to continue honoring these brave men. Thus, we formed “Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial, Inc.”, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to protect, preserve, educate and inspire.
We have been working directly with the City of Jacksonville and Mayor Lenny Curry’s office to acquire 30 acres on a long-term land lease. The lease includes the Hero’s Walk/Freedom Trees, Chapel, Memorial Park, and the necessary acreage for a future development of the POW/MIA Memorial Center. We presented our vision of the site, and there is now legislation written waiting for a vote by City Council members. We feel very optimistic we’ll successfully gain the necessary votes to make it official. In fact, we have an endorsement from U.S. Senator John McCain. He very graciously and very quickly signed a letter supporting our efforts. We anticipate many more.
At this time, we feel it’s important to notify all families of our mission and solicit any information you are willing to provide to us. We are looking for the history of their naval career, life and family. We are also in need of any information you may have on the original Memorial: dedications, services, artist/designer, etc. Our number one goal is to ensure these brave men are truly NEVER FORGOTTEN! We are going to educate the community and all that visit the Memorial so they will know who these men were and the sacrifices they made in service to our country.
We have a huge vision for this site and welcome any comments and/or concerns you may have regarding our efforts. In fact, we ask for this, and please feel free to contact me directly by phone or email, both listed below. When you respond, please inform us if you would like for us to send you information on our plans and vision for this POW/MIA memorial area.
Sincerely, M. Cassata
Mike Cassata President Cell (904) 813-8162 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Cecil Field POW MIA Memorial