Why the Library
Entering the memorial from the library exemplifies a solemn, passive setting; one of peace, quiet, and tranquility; a place for meditation, reflection, reverence, and respect. This is a place to remove your hat and pay tribute to those for whom this memorial is dedicated.
As you cross the bridge, you are crossing the water, representative of our young soldiers who left the comfort of their home to enter a foreign land. Risk, fear, and danger were their constant companion.
Carved out of a hill and retained by a massive wall, the memorial is curved as would a protective bunker. The wall represents the solidarity of our military forces; the stone exemplifies the strength of our military men and women.
Trees & Plants
The trees and plants that surround the memorial serve as a living memorial honoring all past, present and future peacekeepers of our great nation.
The six triangular sentinels "guard" the hallowed ground, or veterans area, of the memorial. Each one bears the seal of a branch of the US military.
Army sentinel, the first on the left; chronologically beginning the order in which the armed forces were incorporated.
The missing in action (MIA) bench is an example of one of four benches, commemorating a vital aspect of the military. Not shown is the prisoners of war (POW), women in the military, and eagle - symbol of our nation.
Two of the four benches looking into the hallowed ground; reflecting upon the gallantry, honor, valor, and patriotism.
The Vietnam is one of five battles that is honored at Patriot Pointe. The WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf plaques share a narrative of that conflict's history.
The welcome sign to the memorial, which mirrors your image, seen from the Thornview side. The features at the Thornview side of the memorial serve as a reminder of fallen comrades.
The memorial stands tall and proud, as do all veterans who have given their time to protect democracy.
Things to Remember
Remember to cherish liberty, one needs only remember how it was earned.