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SOMERSET — Patriot Park is still very early in the process, but the idea behind it is to honor and thank those who have served in the Armed Forces since September 11, 2001.

“After the horrific events of 9/11, our nation looked to our military to go after the perpetrators,” said Randy Musser. “Since then, more than 6,800 men and woman lost their lives, and thousands returned with severe and disabling injuries.”

Musser said he feels strongly that as a nation, our country owes them a debt of gratitude.  He hopes to create a park located within the northern end of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The site is about 15 acres and has good access to the US Route 30 in Somerset County.

‘We are still in the very early stages,” said Musser. “This is just a concept that needs to be refined and developed with a design team made up of active and retired military personnel, family members of those killed in combat, plus government and local citizens.”

Construction of the project will be privately funded, and a fund has been set up through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

“Patriot Park will serve as a focal point to tell the story of those who fought the Global War on terror and likewise the aftermath of 9/11,” said Musser. “Our veterans have given so much. If we give what we can, Patriot Park will become a reality.”

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