ORLANDO – It’s a quiet oasis in a major metropolitan area — and a very sobering spot as well.
The natural beauty offered there is instantly inviting. There are moss trees all around, and along the lake are pedestrian sidewalks and bike paths. A bit further from the lake is a gazebo to relax in.
It’s a public park where the pictruesque splendor of Lake Baldwin is appealing for an afternoon walk on a mild winter day. But this section of Baldwin Park offers area residents and visitors alike something else: a reflection of the nation’s past, and a tribute to those who made possible the freedom to walk through this park in the first place.
“To those who died, honor and eternal rest,” the monument notes. “To those still missing, remembrance and hope. To those who returned, gratitude and peace.”
There are eight monuments along that pedestrian sidewalk, in a section of the City Beautiful known as Orlando Veteran’s Memorial Park. Dedicated on Dec. 7, 2007 by Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando Veterans’ Memorial Park was created on four acres of land on the north shore of Lake Baldwin, on the border of Orlando and Winter Park.
It is connected to the Lake Baldwin Park trail. Located at 2380 Lake Baldwin Lane, the park hours are from 5 a.m. until sunset daily.
It remains a tribute to not only local veterans, but also to this nation’s history of perseverance in the face of conflict. Continue reading