Veterans Memorial Park is a park in Lingayen, Pangasinan that serves as a tribute to the heroes of World War II. It is situated at the back of the Provincial Capitol of the province and adjacent to the Lingayen Gulf Beach. The place is now considered as the most valued museum of Pangasinan as it tells the story of the province’s history.
The park was established in celebration of the 50th Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary in 1995. The gulf near the park is a historical landmark as it has witnessed the ravage of World War II, and it is where General MacArthur, together with his forces, landed at the rear end of the war for the freedom of Luzon.
Veterans Memorial Park is home to all the relics of historical events that happened at the site during World War II. The park’s main attraction is the Lingayen Gulf Landing Shrine, which was constructed in honor of the Filipino fighters who defended our land during the gulf landing in the town. Set up on the front lawn are two Cessna planes and air fighter that were the actual aircraft used in the war. There were also tanks and cannons in sight.
Aside from these, the place also showcases imposing dioramas and works of art that depict the events leading to the gulf landing. One of these is the replica of the oil painting entitled Spirit of ’45 by James Turnbult, which exposes the heroic deed of a Filipino guerilla waving an American flag, indicating that Japanese invaders pulled back and so Americans are safe to land.
A few minutes walk from the park is the Sison Auditorium, dubbed as the Cultural Center of Pangasinan (CCP), that is the frequent venue for important events in the province. Also located nearby is the Urduja House that serves as the Pangasinan’s governor’s official headquarters.