Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge
A 52-acre wooded trail and living tribute to the nation’s medal of honor recipients
Take a patriotic walk through the wooded trails of the Medal of Honor Grove, a 52-acre campus where one acre of land is dedicated to each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, in honor of their recipients of the Nation’s highest award for valor.
Each state is honored with an obelisk patterned after the Washington Monument, which lists all its Medal of Honor recipients. The manicured grounds are also inviting for visitors who may want to bring a picnic.
More than 3,400 people have received the nation’s highest award for valor, and all of them are honored here at the Medal of Honor Grove. Medal of Honor archives are kept in the Henry Knox Building, located on the campus, and chronicle each recipient’s act of heroism, as well as the story of the medal’s evolution since it was first established by the U.S. Congress in 1861.
The trail, dubbed “America’s Walk of Honor” was dedicated in April 1977. To date, 26 states have placed granite or marble obelisks on their acre of land, most using stone native to their state.
The Freedom Foundation website has a map (PDF) of the Medal of Honor Grove that you’ll want to check out before visiting.
“Support the Troops” on WPHT 1210 AM radio, a broadcast of the Family Concerts in the Grove’s amphitheatre on summer weekends; as well as special events every Flag Day, Constitution Day and July 4th.
Famous American artist Peter Max designed the first stone on the trail, America’s Walk of Honor.