Veterans Park of Cambria County
On September 3, 1915, this park was dedicated "To the memory of the soldiers and sailors from Cambria County, Pennsylvania who fought in defense of their country.” A distinguished panel of fourteen Civil War Veterans from across Cambria County met in 1912 to make plans for the memorial's design. The panel chose the obelisk design and placement of 3,500 names of Civil War veterans on the bronze tablets at the monument's base. County veterans organizations suggested an additional 2,000 names be included, representing veterans from all previous wars. "Let us have all the names from the American Revolution through the Civil War, or no names at all.” –Cambria Freeman, Aug. 9, 1912. Another news article of the day stated: “We want the children of our schools, as they pass by the monument, to know that this county gave her best men, volunteers at that, to defend our country." The county commissioners appropriated $7,000 in 1913 to erect the sixty-three foot tall grey granite monument. David E. Park, a Pittsburgh banker who owned a summer home in Ebensburg, also contributed $5,000. Construction work was awarded to Jones Brothers of Barre,
This park has been the site of numerous veterans parades, dedications and memorial observances. It is also the site of a community time capsule buried in 1975. In 2011 Veterans Park was rededicated to honor all veterans. The restored site features a semi-circle of six flags, with the United States flag flanked by flags representing the five branches of the military, honoring all who have served in any military capacity-wartime or peacetime, overseas or stateside.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Mexican-American • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is September 3, 1915.
Location. 40° 29.21′ N, 78° 43.504′ W. Marker is in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of North Center Street and West Crawford Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ebensburg PA 15931, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kimball Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ebensburg Historic District (about 600 feet away); The Noon-Collins House and the YMCA Building of Ebensburg
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.