With the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 coming up this year, one Local Organization is trying to raise funds for a Memorial recognizing those who lost their lives in the War on Terror. At Patriot Park in Shanksville, Organizers are trying to build a new Memorial site to honor those who fought in the War on Terrorism. They say they just need the funding to make it possible.
About 13 years ago, Kathy Walker of Somerset County lost her son. Kathy saying: “He loved to be outside, he loved to play guitar, he loved his motorcycle. He had 2 children, and those were the light of his life.” Her son Brian also loved his Country — serving in the Airforce. Kathy adding: “Which is where he died, October 23rd, 2008.”
Now, Kathy is an advocate for “Patriot Park” in Shanksville, which honors people like Brian. Randy Musser, President of the Patriot Park Foundation saying: “Patriot Park has been designed as a place to honor our global war on terror veterans and their families for all the sacrifices.” Their Foundation is trying to raise funds to build a new “Global War on Terror Memorial” in the Park with a Gold Star Plaza, 40-foot-tall Flagpole, and boards to share the stories of those who died.
Katlin Rodriguez, a Media Advisor for the Patriot Park Foundation adding: “As a mom now with a 6-year-old and a husband who is still serving, this place to me is some place for the military community, but also civilians to come and to learn.”
The Board is expecting Visitors this year for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, when people visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville — which is just right down the street. Musser adding: “We hope that then, once they stop and see it, they get involved, they tell other people about it, and we get a ground swell for something here at this location, that honors our global war on terror veterans.”
Musser says they’ll also build a “Field of Honor” with over 7,000 U.S. Flags representing those who lost their lives fighting for us. Kathy Walker adding: “This place is going to be a great memorial place for people like my son, and other people’s loved ones, so they’re not forgotten.”
If you would like to donate or help out with this project, visit PatriotParkFoundation.org