Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fallen Warrior Memorial - 2nd BCT
Fallen Warrior Memorial Symbolism
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division (2/28 BCT), Pennsylvania Army National Guard, was mobilized January 2005 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Known as the "IRON BRIGADE," it marked the division's largest mobilization for combat since World War II. The 2/28 BCT was comprised of military personnel from 31 states, more than 4,100 members strong, of which 2,143 were members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Once deployed to Iraq, the 2/28 BCT was further organized with Marine and Army battalions and other combat and combat support elements, bringing the brigade to more than 5,20 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen. The 2/28 BCT conducted counterinsurgency operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from July 2005 to June 2006 under the command and control of the 2nd Marine Division and then the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
The 2/28 BCT Fallen Warrior Memorial was originally designed and constructed in Ramadi, Iraq, by the Soldiers who served there. The memorial was fabricated from material available at Forward Operation Base Ramadi. It was erected in front of the 2/28 BCT Headquarters at Ramadi and dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 16,2006. At the time, 76 fallen warriors were honored. The memorial was disassembled and shipped from Iraq to the United
The 2/28 BCT Memorial is made of iron, symbolizing the Iron Soldiers from the Iron Brigade. Additionally, it represents the history of Pennsylvania's iron and steel industry. Iron is also the most abundant element in blood, symbolizing the blood shed by our fallen warriors.
The obelisk stands 21-feet tall, echoing the 21-gun salute. The damaged steel represents the unique war, the living fight, and the fallen. Acting like armor, steel plates cover all four sides of the pedestal and hold the names of the fallen. Keystones, made from different elements, rest above the plates. One is polished steel; and, when one sees their reflection, it represents the fallen warrior inside all of us. Another is ballistic glass that has been shattered to represent the conflict in which we were engaged. One is red stained wood to represent the blood we have shed. Another is marble to represent the strength, resolve and steady purpose of the 2/28 BCT.
Inside the obelisk, dog tags for each fallen comrade are suspended from chains. From the base of the structure, a light shines skyward onto the tags and through the obelisk cap. The cap is made of shattered vehicle glass and acts as a window to which their
Along with honoring our fallen warriors, this memorial is also a reminder that our country is the beacon of liberty that shines throughout the world.
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
Location. 40° 25.907′ N, 76° 34.157′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Clement Aveune, on the right when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. EC-130E "Commando Solo" (within shouting distance of this marker); EC-130E Commando Solo I (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint-Avold Tribute to 3rd American Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (within shouting distance of this marker); 40 & 8 Boxcar M110 Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); M42 Duster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third Armored Division (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
Also see . . . 2/28 BCT Memorial Fundraising Site. The 2 /28 BCT Fallen Warrior Memorial Committee is currently raising funds to construct a similar memorial at the 28th Infantry Division Shrine and Museum grounds in Boalsburg, PA (near Penn State University). Warrior tradition is to build obelisks to honor Fallen Warriors in pairs. To contribute, send donations to PNG Foundation, Inc, 2-28 BCT Memorial, Building S-O-47, Ft Indiantown Gap, PA 17003. Make checks payable to PNG Foundation Inc. Visit the website at www.2-28bctmemorial.org. (Submitted on March 24, 2011, by John Gronski of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • War, 2nd Iraq •
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