The park today house the original marble monument, as well as a pathway with engraved bricks with the names, military branch, dates they served and the name of which war the Osteen residents and/or family members served and currently are serving in. The original monument was dedicated to specifically World War One,but it is now a Multi-War Memorial mentioning the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well. Some of the men chose to enter the military branch to serve our Country and some were drafted.
Kelly Bumgardner is the third generation of residency in Osteen . her grandfather was drafted into the army in the early 1950s to the middle 1950s. He served as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator and was stationed in Alabama during the Korean War (Personal Interview, Oct.15th). She had an uncle and cousins that have served our country before she was born and they have a marker located at the park, and some are currently serving our Country. One of the pavers around the monument was a childhood friend of Renee Bumgardner that she went to School with from Kindergarten thru High School. He joined the Marines out of High School. His life was taken in the 1953 bombing of Lebanon (Personal Interview, Oct.15th).
This monumental park is good for new generations to go and see past relatives and support the community in honoring those who have served. With new technology of social media, a longtime resident created a Facebook page for those who lived and currently live in Osteen. Through this everyone is able to share stories and pictures of past and present. It's through this group of people the community for five years now has come together for a block party where past and present residents can remember their childhood roots and those that not only serve in the military, but the community serving one another in caring for the family plots at the Osteen Cemetery.
Renee Bumgarder stated how it's an honor to live in a community where there are many generations still there and how they continue to reflect back on the roots and heritage remembering those before them and those currently serving and protecting our Country as well as caring for one another as a big family (Personal Interview, Oct.15th).
The Volusia County trail parking is right by the monument on New Smyrna Boulevard, in Osteen. This trail has brought many visitors from outside the Osteen Community. It wasn't until the mid 2000s when the original marble monument was moved to where it is now located. When this move took place there where a few old-time residents that came together to clean and restore the monument appearance. A Flag pole was placed in the center of the engraved bricks and a brief informational stand was placed near the monument that spoke about some of the World War 1 Veterans of Osteen. This monument is not only a place for the residents to go and honor those that have served in the military or are currently serving. It is also a great place for older generations to teach the newer generations about the lives of those who passed before us and how much different life was then during the war compared to the war life now.