Visiting Patriot Park Near Shanksville

The Field of Heroes at Patriot Park near Shanksville. Pennsylvania.

Patriot Park near Shanksville is the future home of a permanent memorial intended to honor all those who died in the line of duty while serving the United States military in the Global War on Terrorism. 

The master plan for what Patriot Park will someday look like.
The master plan for what Patriot Park will someday look like.

Like the nearby Flight 93 Memorial Chapel, Patriot Park is privately-funded, relying on donations rather than the financial backing of the United States government.

The founders of Patriot Park are private citizens and companies, not the United States government.
The founders of Patriot Park are private citizens and companies, not the United States government.

Patriot Park will eventually feature the Gold Star Memorial Plaza at its heart, bearing the names of the Fallen on gold brick pavers.

An artistic rendition of what the Gold Star Memorial Plaza at Patriot Park will someday look like.
An artistic rendition of what the Gold Star Memorial Plaza at Patriot Park will someday look like.

But even now, the Field of Heroes Flag Display (a temporary placeholder until the Gold Star Plaza is built) is very moving and absolutely worth a visit before or after stopping at the Flight 93 National Memorial across the road.

Patriot Park on Labor Day Weekend 2021.
The Field of Heroes Flag Display at Patriot Park on Labor Day Weekend 2021.

How to Find Patriot Park Near Shanksville

Patriot Park is located just a half mile west of the entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial, along Route 30 in Somerset County.

A map showing the locations of the Flight 93 National Memorial, Patriot Park, and the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel.
A map showing the locations of the Flight 93 National Memorial, Patriot Park, and the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel.

If navigating by GPS use 6150 Lincoln Highway Stoystown, Pennsylvania 15563 as the street address.

Entrance to Patriot Park along Route 30 near the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Entrance to Patriot Park along Route 30 near the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Viewing the Field of Heroes

The enormity of the loss of lives becomes all to clear as you gaze out over more than 7,000 flags representing those who died in the line of duty.

Looking out over the Field of Heroes on a September morning.
Looking out over the Field of Heroes on a September morning.

Various storyboards give more context to the sight before you.

Statistics about the Global War on Terrorism.
Statistics about the Global War on Terrorism.

And some of the storyboards put names and faces to the flags in a powerful way.

SSgt Brian Hause storyboard near the Field of Heroes at Patriot Park.
SSgt Brian Hause storyboard near the Field of Heroes at Patriot Park.

Located inside the northern boundary of Flight 93 National Memorial, Patriot Park is perfectly situated to honor those who served and died in the Global War on Terrorism since 9/11/2001.

One of the story boards explaining the purpose of Patriot Park near Shanksville, PA.
One of the story boards explaining the purpose of Patriot Park near Shanksville, PA.

Travelling Exhibits at Patriot Park

I was fortunate enough to visit Patriot Park on the weekend of the dedication ceremony, where two travelling exhibits related to the Global War on Terrorism were invited to set up as well.

Remembering Our Fallen National Tour at Patriot Park for the dedication ceremony weekend.
Remembering Our Fallen National Tour at Patriot Park for the dedication ceremony weekend.

Remembering Our Fallen is a travelling photographic war memorial that also honors the United States’ post-9/11 military Fallen.

One of the Remembering Our Fallen tribute towers honoring our post-9/11 military Fallen.
One of the Remembering Our Fallen tribute towers honoring our post-9/11 military Fallen.

As with the Field of Heroes Flag Display, the enormity of loss really hits home when you see row after row of photos of those who died in the line of duty.

Remembering Our Fallen photographic war memorial at Patriot Park on Labor Day weekend 2021.
Remembering Our Fallen photographic war memorial at Patriot Park on Labor Day weekend 2021.

I was also fortunate enough to spend time talking with Brent Melton of the Global War on Terrorism History Project.

"We Fight What You Fear" written on a helmet in the Global War on Terrorism History Project exhibit at Patriot Park.
“We Fight What You Fear” written on a helmet in the Global War on Terrorism History Project exhibit at Patriot Park.

Brent is a Veteran, storyteller, and historian whose mission is to collect and save the uniforms and stories of those who served in the Global War on Terrorism.

Uniforms in the travelling Global War on Terrorism History Project exhibit.
Uniforms in the travelling Global War on Terrorism History Project exhibit.

Each helmet and uniform in his display literally had a story attached to it, and seeing these tangible mementos left a lasting impact in my mind.

Helmets in the Global War on Terrorism History Project exhibit.
Helmets in the Global War on Terrorism History Project exhibit.

Final Thoughts on Patriot Park

Patriot Park is in the early stages of becoming home to a beautiful, permanent memorial to those military lives lost in the Global War on Terrorism.

The Field of Heroes contains more than 7.000 flags, each representing a member of the Armed Services who died during the Global War on Terrorism.
The Field of Heroes contains more than 7.000 flags, each representing a member of the U.S. military who died serving America during the Global War on Terrorism.

You can help make that vision a reality by visiting Patriot Park in person, or by visiting their official website, and making a donation to this most worthy of causes.

Purpose of the Field of Heroes Flag Display.
Purpose of the Field of Heroes Flag Display.

Nearby Attractions

The Flight 93 National Memorial is literally right across the road, its entrance located a half-mile east of Patriot Park on Route 30 (the Lincoln Highway).

Sign near the entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Sign near the entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Flight 93 National Memorial is a tribute to the bravery, service, and sacrifice of the 40 passengers and crew members on board United Airlines Flight 93, who fought one of the first battles in the Global War on Terrorism in the skies over Pennsylvania.

View from the Wall of Names looking towards the Visitor Center at the Flight 93 National Memorial.
View from the Wall of Names looking towards the Visitor Center at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel is another privately-funded tribute to the passengers and crew of Flight 93, this one situated approximately 3 miles west of Shanksville.

The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel at the intersection of Coleman Station and Stutzmantown roads
The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel at the intersection of Coleman Station and Stutzmantown roads.

Opened on the first anniversary of 9/11, the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel houses an impressive display of donated memorabilia and tributes to the heroes of the Flight 93 story, and is a must-see when visiting the area.

The pulpit area of the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel.
The pulpit area of the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel.

The Glessner Covered Bridge is located less than 10 minutes from Patriot Park.

Fall foliage at Glessner Covered Bridge in Somerset County Pennsylvania
Fall foliage at Glessner Covered Bridge near Patriot Park.

If you happen to be visiting the area in October, 20 Fabulous Fall Foliage Destinations in the Laurel Highlands will show you why this part of PA is consistently ranked one of the best places in the United States for experiencing spectacular autumn views!

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Laurel Highlands of PA.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Centre County honors the service of Pennsylvanians in all branches of the military, from colonial times to the present day.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg.

 The 28th Division Global War on Terrorism Monument, erected in 2016, is one of more than 30 monuments and memorials on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

Global War on Terrorism Memorial at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
Global War on Terrorism Memorial at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.


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