Those behind the Patriot Park Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony Today for a new memorial remembering those who were killed in the U.S. Global war on terror.
Nicole Fuschino tells us more about it and how they’re preparing for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 coming up this year.
The ground was broken here Today where a new memorial will be built dedicated to honoring those who put their lives on the line for us.
This property right down the street from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville
Will soon become Patriot Park to remember the patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“So few gave so much for the benefit of so many. What we want to do here is thank those people that gave so much.”
Helping to break the ground Friday were the mothers of the two Somerset County men who were killed in the war on terror.
“We loved Nils very much. We know how heartbreaking it is for all the other families too. So this is going to be a great comfort.”
Her son, Private First Class Nils Thompson, was killed when he was 19.
Staff Seargant Brian Hause, also from Somerset County, was killed when he was 29.
“This park is just an incredible place where we know that our loved one will be remembered. That’s the one thing whenever you lose a loved one, any loved one really, you don’t want them to be forgotten.”
The park will hold a 40 foot flagpole, Memorial Plaza with storyboards, and Field of Heroes
Displaying over 7 thousand American Flags representing over 7 thousand men and women who lost their lives in the global war on terror.
“We’re really happy that he will be remembered, along with the other soldiers that were killed.”
They raised about 45 thousand dollars so far enough to get the first step done in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year.
“That’s the whole purpose of what we’re building this year, is to get people to come into the property, take a look at what our vision is for the property, and get engaged.”
And teach future generations about those who gave their lives before them to protect them.
“Hundreds of millions of us who did not have to give anything, did not have to sacrifice anything it’s a place where we can come and say, ‘thank you’ to those that did.”