Patriots Peace Memorial
Patriots Peace Memorial on the water Source: patriotspeacememorial.org
Inside of the Patriots Peace Memorial Photo by Stephen Cox on flickr.com
Memorial Day ceremony to honor servicemen at the Patriots Peace Memorial Photo by Chris Kenning, The Courier Journal
Directions to the Patriots Peace Memorial Source: patriotspeacememorial.org/directions
Backstory and Context
The rectangular memorial itself is made out of solid, grey bricks and is supported and elevated by pillars. A visitor can walk inside of the memorial quite easily since the spaces between the pillars act as entrances. Once inside of the Patriots Peace Memorial, a guest can climb up several stairs on any side of the monument that lead to an elevated platform in the middle which provides a better view of the most important parts of the monument: the names of fallen patriots. Although this memorial is constructed of mostly brick, some of the blocks are made of glass and bear the names of patriots who have passed away while on duty. The names of the men and women are personally etched into the rectangular glass plates, and at the end of each year, more names of the fallen are added to be honored. There are over 400 name plates embedded in the memorial's walls.
Each year on Veterans Day, veterans, friends and family members of fallen patriots, and the general public are encouraged to attend the memorial ceremony that is held at the Patriots Peace Memorial at noon. To show support and gratitude, the Patriots Peace committee presents the glass plates to family members of fallen patriots and then add the bricks to the memorial. This monument can be seen sparkling as the light from the sun or the glimmer of the nearby pond radiates through the glass bricks, illuminating the names of the brave men and women who died serving the country in peacetime. Even though these soldiers never saw battle, they were ready at a moment's notice to fight for their country and this memorial honors these fallen heroes.