The city’s history notes that the community before the post office may have been called “Verbeck” by the railroad. However other histories indicate that Verbeck was actually the original name of the nearby telegraph station “Oklahoma” which became the basis for the founding of Oklahoma City.
The community remained small until 1961 when it annexed 21.6 square miles becoming a full fledged city in 1962 which in turn increased its population from 1,221 in 1960 to 18,761 in 1970 and 55,081 in 2010. Moore’s 1961 annexation kept it an independent city at time when Oklahoma City through annexations increased its size from 25 square miles to 643 square miles surrounding Moore on three sides (north, east, west). Norman, Oklahoma forms its southern border.
The City of Moore has funded the construction of a memorial to honor America’s veterans and their families. The City renamed JD Estates Park to Veterans Memorial Park and at the entrance to that park, a memorial is being constructed.
The main feature of the memorial is a 15′ black, granite obelisk that has the following inscription on it “May this hallowed ground honor the sacrifice of America’s finest veterans, civilians, and their families- past, present, and future. We will never forget.” Another major feature of the memorial are five black, granite tablets with the seal of the five branches of the service. At the center of the memorial is a flag plaza with a 30′ foot pole for the American flag and two 25′ poles for the Oklahoma flag and the POW/MIA flag. The flag plaza is surrounded by a polished concrete walking area with a stained 5 pointed star stretching the entire width and height of the walking area. The memorial also features beautiful landscaping.
A committee was formed to plan the second phase of the Moore Veterans Memorial. A campaign to sell bricks to be placed in the memorial was completed in early 2009. Over 190 bricks were purchased by supporters from the community and surrounding areas. The bricks were placed in the Memorial Wall and Phase II completed in May 2009.
The Soldiers’ Memorial was dedicated on May 15, 2010. It consists of four carved, wooden soldiers representing the four major wars since the end of World War I. They include World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Afghanistan/Iraq War. Read less –