Freedoms Foundation Campus Tour
The campus statuary and the Medal of Honor Grove are open to the public daily from dawn till dusk. Your pet is welcome but must be leashed. For more information on the Grove, visit the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove at www.friendsmohgrove.org.
This statue, by Utah sculptor Stan Watts, depicts George Washington on his horse.
Bill of Responsibilities Monument
The Bill of Responsibilities, created by Freedoms Foundation, stands as a reminder of the obligations each citizen should fulfill as a member of our free society. This 14-foot marble monument was donated in 1989 by Milan Panic “in gratitude for welcoming him in 1956 as an immigrant from Yugoslavia and allowing him, through hard work and dedication, to become a beneficiary of the American dream.” Panic, a self-made businessman and humanitarian based in California, served as prime minister of Yugoslavia in 1992-93.
Faith of Our Fathers Chapel
This nondenominational chapel was in erected in 1967. It is not open for touring but is rented for weddings.
This statue by Stan Watts depicts Founding Fathers John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson kneeling in prayer.
American Credo Monument
The American Credo, a document created by Freedoms Foundation in 1949, outlines the 17 rights and freedoms of all citizens. This beautiful marble monument was donated by the International Civitan Club and dedicated May 21, 1965, by former President Dwight Eisenhower. “I hope … that this monument stands forever as something that every American will view,” Eisenhower said that day. “And as he sees it, he will stand a little straighter, a little stronger in the determination just to be a good citizen of the United States of America.”
Eternal Flame Sculpture
The Eternal Flame Sculpture was dedicated on Sept. 26, 1993, by Evelyn Rome Tabas and Daniel M. Tabas in honor of Evelyn’s father, Rabbi Sigmund J. Rome.
2nd Armored Division Altar of Battles
The “Altar of Battles” was dedicated on July 31, 1981, by the 2nd Armored Division Association and the Ladies Auxiliary, to honor the brave men who served with the unit.
PA Gold Star Families Memorial
Dedicated on Sept. 21, 2014, the Gold Star Families Memorial honors all families whose loved ones were killed while serving our nation. This was the second monument of its kind in the country. These monuments are inspired and designed by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, whose Foundation is striving to have more than one such memorial in every state.
This statue by Stan Watts at the entrance of the Medal of Honor Grove depicts the 16th president delivering the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863. The year before, Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation creating the Medal of Honor, to “be presented, in the name of the Congress, to such non-commissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities.” There are now more than 3,500 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor Grove Gatehouse
This small pavilion at the entrance of the Medal of Honor Grove, made of Valley Forge stone, was given by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of New York. The Gatehouse was dedicated Sept. 1, 1974, by the 29th Division Association and its Ladies Auxiliary, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their division’s spearhead of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, and its service in World War II.
Marine Circle of Trees
This memorial is a circle of 13 flowering crab apple trees, one for each Marine who died in a training accident in Vietnam on March 28, 1967.
The sculpted wreath is made from 7,000 bronze bracelets worn in memory of POW/MIAs during the Vietnam War. Dedicated in 1974 and created by Harold Belug, the wreath is mounted on Barre Vermont granite, weighs 400 pounds and is 48 inches in diameter.
Coast Guard Fountain
The Coast Guard Memorial Fountain honors James E. Staudinger and Medal of Honor Recipient Douglas A. Munro, signalman first class, who was honored “for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action … as petty officer in charge of a group of 24 Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of Marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on Sept. 27, 1942.” Munro is the only member of the Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor.
George Washington Statue
George Washington, kneeling in prayer, was presented by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania in 1967. The nine-foot bronze statue was sculpted by noted artist Donald DeLue. It refers to the story told by Isaac Potts that he once upon General Wshington praying in Valley Forge during the winter encampment.