The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress. Learn more here
The Medal of Honor Grove is the oldest living memorial to medal of honor recipients in the nation. It is located in Pennsylvania, is owned by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and is maintained by the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove, a separate non-profit organization.
The Grove is natural woodland covering the majority of the FFVF's 75-acre campus and is designed as a living memorial to more than the 3,500 recipients of our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. A section of the Grove is designated for each of the 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The Ancient Order of Hibernians erected a 53rd monument dedicated to more than 150 Recipients of the MOH who were not citizens, yet fought for our country and were awarded the medal. The 54th monument honors the 9 chaplains who received the Medal of Honor.
The land for the Grove was dedicated in 1964 with the first 4 states, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Ohio being dedicated on May 30, 1968. It took until the 1990's for all the states and territories to be dedicated.
Each state area has a seven foot obelisk centered on a 25 foot square brick plaza. Each Medal of Honor Recipient is identified by a plaque on the obelisk and a stainless steel marker with the name and organization of each recipient as well as the date and location of the act of valor.
In June 2011 the Friends of the Grove assumed the honor of maintaining this beautiful memorial park. New roads, mowing, tree removal, community cleanups and installing the yearly addition of recipients names are just some of the Friends' tasks. To assist us go here
In April 2017, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge entered into a conservation easement agreement with Schuylkill Township, Chester County, and Natural Lands Trust. This easement ensures that the Medal of Honor Grove will be preserved for perpetuity.
In February 2019, the Grove was approved for Level 1 arboretum accreditation through the ArNet program. The Grove has over 50 species of trees & shrubs. They are temporarily marked but will be formally tagged when the weather breaks. Thank you to Friends Chairman Mark Prowell for leading in this project and working with local arborists, the Audubon Society and volunteers to make this happen. It was a lot of work to identify the trees & shrubs, research their Latin names and families.
The Grove is open daily from sunrise to sunset to pedestrians. The roadway is closed to all unauthorized vehicles.
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