Posted Wednesday December 19, 2018 by ffvfadmin

Support Matching Grant Challenge to upgrade

PA Area of Medal of Honor Grove


The Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove have begun an initiative to significantly upgrade the landscaping of the Pennsylvania Area in the Grove. There is a matching grant challenge to raise the funds necessary.

The Pennsylvania Area pays tribute to almost 400 Medal of Honor Recipients from the Commonwealth — second only to New York in the number of Recipients — and new landscaping would make it easier for visitors to view the ground plaques of Recipients from the Keystone State.

The landscaping would include a new brick plaza, native shrubs and trees, benches, several tons of stone for under the plaques, and pathways to connect the plaza with the two long rows of Recipient ground plaques behind the obelisk. To support this effort, visit or email  Any remaining funds would be held by the Friends for maintenance of the Grove.

Read more below about the history of the Pennsylvania Area, from its first dedication to in 1971 to the dedication of the black granite obelisk in 1983.

Pennsylvania State Area History

The Pennsylvania state area was the 13th state to be dedicated into the Medal of Honor Grove. Through the fund-raising efforts of the Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Clubs, the fiberglass obelisk was dedicated on Saturday, Oct 9, 1971. At that time, 342 Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Recipients were honored. In the photo at left are the three Medal of Honor recipients in attendance: Gino Merli, Freeman Horner and Oscar Schmidt. The day’s keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Lawrence Coughlin.








Dedicating the granite obelisk

The current granite obelisk was unveiled on May 21, 1983 through the fund-raising efforts of the Department of Pennsylvania, Marine Corp League. Medal of Honor Recipient Gino Merli returned for this second ceremony. Speakers included Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh.