Legacy of Liberty WW II Memorial Park opens at Shangri-La Resort

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Shangri-La Resort, located on northeastern Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, is stepping up its game honoring heroes of World War II. Adjacent to The Battlefield Par 3 Course which is already an amazing tribute to heroes of The Greatest Generation, the resort today opened  The Legacy of Liberty Park as an additional tribute to Oklahoma’s World War II Veterans.

The Grand Opening of the walk-through park was held Friday, kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The park features a life-size exact replica of the statue of Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima, a special memorial honoring the legendary Native American Code Talkers, and a variety of original World War II equipment – a Jeep, an Ambulance, both a Higgins Boat and a DUK Boat, a 5” 38 caliber Naval Gun (which weighs an astonishing 47,500 pounds!), a Sherman Tank, M8 and M20 Armored Cars, and a P-51D Mustang Fighter Plane. In all, a dozen exhibits will honor specific Oklahoma heroes of World War II – including the names of the Oklahoma heroes who utilized this equipment to protect the American way of life.

“We can’t do enough to honor the Greatest Generation of brave men and women who fought without reservation to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” said Shangri-La CEO Barry Willingham.

The Grand Opening ceremonies included the Presentation of Colors by Grove American Legion Post 178 Ritual Team, singing of the National Anthem by Shangri-La member and former Broadway performer Ron Young, as well as special presentations by Shangri-La President & CEO Barry Willingham, Senator Micheal Bergstrom, and State Representative Josh West, as well as food, beverages, and a rousing dedication ceremony. Attendees will receive a special Challenge Coin memorializing the park and our World War II veterans as well as a WW II coffee table book Patriots of the Pacific co-authored by Shangri-La owner Eddy Gibbs.

The Legacy of Liberty Park honors veterans of all five branches of U.S. Military. The park is located adjacent to The Battlefield Par 3 Course at Shangri-La, directly across Highway 125 from Grand Lake Regional Airport on Grand Lake’s Monkey Island. The memorial park has additional information on its website at www.legacyoflibertypark.com.

Iwo Jima statue.


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