Flags Across Florida
Tampa Flag site- Confederate Memorial Park
Confederate Memorial Park in Tampa, Florida is home to the world's largest 3rd National Flag and the world's largest flying Naval Jack.
Confederate Memorial Park was a vision that began to take shape in 2007 when the land on the southwest corner of I-4 and I-75 was purchased. The journey wasn't an easy one. City, County, and FAA regulations and codes had to be met; not to mention those in the media and public that were detractors. Construction began in 2008. The park is adorned with 75 Confederate jasmine on chain link fencing bordering 18 pallets of Pensacola Bahia sod on the grounds with an additional 300 feet of flower beds, The center piece of this historical park dedication is the world's largest Confederate battle flag, 30 feet by 60 feet.
It is beautiful and waves 139 feet in the air on the southwest corner of I-4 and I-75 at exit 261 in Tampa, Florida. The 139-foot tall flagpole was manufactured in Texas and delivered to Florida in four sections. The pole base is 14 feet in the ground surrounded by an eight foot diameter sleeve filled with 12,000 pounds of concrete. The base of the flagpole itself is two feet in diameter with six inches diameter at the top, and an internal halyard for raising the flag. In the center of the park stand 10 granite monuments bearing the names of those who helped make the dream a reality. There is also a very nice bench that was donated by the Order of Confederate Rose Florida Division.
The front of Confederate Memorial Park is ringed with 12,000 red bricks resting on 300 inner concrete blocks along with the installation of 240 feet of wrought iron at the parking area. Mega spotlights for the flag and pole accentuate night visibility as cars, 18 wheelers, and vans honk in recognition day and night of their beloved Dixie flag. When the park was dedicated, April 25, 2009, there were nearly 2000 guests in attendance to see the "World's Largest Flying Battle flag" raised in tribute to the soldiers and citizens of the South during years 1861-1865. Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans assumed ownership of the park in 2012.
On June 9, 2012, with General Order #2-2012,
Florida Division Commander Jim Davis named the General Jubal A.
Early Camp #556 as the Sentinels of Confederate Memorial Park in
Tampa, FL. They have been tasked with maintaining the site, the
flags, and making Confederate Memorial Park an enjoyable
place for everyone to visit .
To visit the General Jubal A. Early SCV Camp's Confederate Memorial Park page click here.