About the Memorial
The Pennsylvania Veterans' Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is on a natural hillside terrain looking toward a panoramic view.
The Memorial design is intended to evoke "the ruins of a war-torn building centered in a land of solemnity." Its architecture is peaceful and harmonious, containing the elements of air, land and water representative of the battlefields where our veterans fought for our freedom. A tomb for all fallen soldiers, known or unknown, is strategically placed, mindful of the sacrifices shared by veterans in the cause of freedom.
The concept of the Memorial is to create a place that will recall to the minds of visitors the dedication, sacrifice and sense of purpose that veterans have undertaken in defense of freedom since the founding of this nation. It serves as an active living memorial to the ideals and principles for which veterans have served, done battle and died.
The visitor approaches the site through the cemetery by the winding parkway. The materials selected for the building and landscaping are an extension and enhancement of the existing site and countryside. The experience of visiting the Memorial extends beyond the limits of the building, so the building and site grow together without boundaries.
Approximately 360' long by 85' wide, the Memorial is capable of accommodating both private reflection and public commemorative activities. An outdoor amphitheater contains seating for large groups and is intended as a versatile facility to support major ceremonial programs and patriotic events. It provides a place to honor the dead and thank the living.
The Architect - Charles J. Frederick, Jr.
The PA Veterans' Memorial Commission solicited designs and selected the final concept and design by Charles J. Frederick, Jr. of Cee Jay Frederick Associates, West Chester, PA. Award-winning design and planning consultants, Cee Jay Frederick Associates has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Society of Architects; the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter; the Montgomery County Planning Commission; the Home Builders Associations of Bucks and Montgomery Counties; and, the Heritage Commission of Delaware County, among others. Mr. Frederick is a graduate of Drexel University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Rutgers.
Yearly events include a Memorial Day Ceremony the Sunday before Memorial Day at 2 p.m. rain or shine. A Veterans Day Ceremony the Sunday before Veterans Day at 2 p.m. rain or shine and the Annual Candlelight Service the 3rd Saturday of December at 4:30 p.m.