It was a busy summer in the National Home’s Tribute Park! With two new paths, a new bench, new trees and several new plaques, the park continues to grow as a place of beauty and serenity to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Take a stroll down Path #2, the new VFW Auxiliary Department of Florida Members’ Path. Rest a moment on the new bronze bench honoring “Florida’s own veteran” past National Home Board President Jack McDermott. And take in the beauty of the new Waterlily Magnolia Tree. All thanks to the Department of Florida VFW Auxiliary. Pause to honor the National Home alumni who have served in the U.S. military and remember those alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice at the plaque donated by past Commander in Chief John Stroud and past National President Ann Panteleakos. Another plaque honors all veterans from the state of Wyoming, donated by the Department of Wyoming. A walk down Path #3 will take you down Oklahoma’s Path to the Future, generously donated by VFW Post #8542 in Welch, Oklahoma. Finally, take a moment to admire the new paper bark maple tree donated by the National Home’s first family, the Pollett family. Every item in the National Home’s Tribute Park serves as a timeless expression of dedication to the mission of the VFW National Home for Children –and helps create a peaceful and beautiful park for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. It also ensures we are able to serve future generations of military and veteran families, as the net donation from each tribute is placed in our Amy Ross Endowment Fund, a permanently restricted endowment fund created to generate annual income for the National Home. Learn more about the Tribute Park.