In 2008, the Township of Upper St. Clair and the School District of Upper St. Clair determined to fill a void in the Upper St. Clair community—the absence of a fitting tribute to community members who have served our country and who guarantee for all of us the freedom and the quality of life that we sometimes take for granted.
The effort began by the appointment of a Veterans Monument Committee, the members of which included Upper St. Clair veterans, representatives of the Township, representatives of the School Board, and representatives of the community. The Committee began by selecting the site for the monument—the grassy area between McLaughlin Run Road and the Municipal Building parking lot directly across from the High School.
Once the site was selected, the Committee solicited concept submissions from Upper St. Clair High School students and from the public at large to serve as a starting point for a design of a fitting memorial or monument. From the concept submissions received, the Committee determined that a veterans park would be the most desirable way to honor our veterans. The park would serve multiple purposes: honoring our veterans; educating Upper St. Clair students and visitors to the park about the branches of the armed forces and their history; beautifying the McLaughlin Run corridor; and providing a place for peaceful reflection by visitors to the Park.
Following the determinations of the site and the park concept, work began in earnest on the design, and a non-profit corporation, Upper St. Clair Veterans Park, Inc. (USCVP) was formed. USCVP has received tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to USCVP are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Before USCVP received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair graciously agreed to receive and administer funds donated for the project.

Design services have been generously donated by Graves & McLean, architects. The rendering shown here represents USCVP’s aspirations for the site. Each station in the park will be dedicated to one of the seven (7) branches of the armed forces-- Army; Navy; Air Force; Marines; Coast Guard; Merchant Marines; and National Guard.

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