USC Veterans Park

From its conception in 2008 to its dedication on Veterans Day 2011, Upper St. Clair Veterans Park was the product of a true community effort.  This beautiful, inviting park is located in the hub of the community and honors Veterans with breathtaking black granite monuments dedicated to each branch of service—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.  The histories of the branches of service, carved into each of the granite monuments, were contributed by Upper St. Clair High School students, fulfilling one of the goals of the park, which is to instill in our youth an appreciation for the sacrifice of those who make freedom possible.

Before Veterans Day 2011, Upper St. Clair lacked 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. 

In 2008, the Township and the School District determined to fill that void.  A Veterans Monument Committee was appointed, consisting of Upper St. Clair veterans, representatives of the Township, representatives of the School Board, and representatives of the community. The Committee began by selecting a site for the monument—the grassy area between McLaughlin Run Road and the Municipal Building parking lot directly across from Upper St. Clair 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 the design of a fitting memorial or monument. From the numerous creative concepts that were submitted, the Committee determined that a veterans park would be the most desirable way for Upper St. Clair to honor its 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 selection of the site and the park concept, design work began in earnest, and a non-profit corporation, Upper St. Clair Veterans Park, Inc. (USCVP) was formed to raise the funds and to develop the park. In early 2011, the USCVP board set a goal of building and dedicating the park by Veterans Day, November 11, 2011 (“11-11-11”).  Of the total construction cost of approximately $535,000, the vast majority was covered by charitable donations from individuals and businesses, and from in-kind contributions of goods and services for the construction of the park.  A county grant was also instrumental in making the park possible.

Through an amazing community effort, Upper St. Clair Veterans Park was dedicated, fittingly, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011.

However, the work of UCSVP is not complete.  Additional funds need to be raised for a perpetual maintenance fund and a bronze military statue to be installed in the Dedication Plaza at the east end of the park.

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

 


Upper St. Clair Veterans Park, Inc. is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.  The official registration and financial information of Upper St. Clair Veterans Park, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.