Barrar Leads Select Committee on Soldiers’ Grove to Approve Recommendations for Medal of Honor Memorial Preservation

HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Wednesday led a meeting of the Select Committee on Soldiers’ Grove, which resulted in the approval of recommendations for a preservation plan of Pennsylvania’s memorial to honor Medal of Honor recipients.


“I am pleased with the process and found the input and discussions from the committee very thoughtful and engaging,” said Barrar.  “In order to honor and memorialize these patriots, a consensus emerged that we need to work with a truncated footprint within the grove and that the final product should be user friendly for the public.”


The Select Committee on Soldiers’ Grove was formed in June 2011 with the approval of House Resolution 331, sponsored by Barrar.  The committee was tasked with studying and developing recommendations for the Tides of War memorial, which will run out of space in 2016. 


The committee offered several recommendations that could be pursued to rectify the problem of having limited future space to honor those heroes with memorial stones.  The committee recommends the following options:


·         Staying close to the original design which honors the present and future heroes equally throughout time, by using a reverse arc theme.

·         Utilizing the space on the sides of the memorial while maintaining the spirit of the design.

·         Using the grassy space on the sides of the memorial to erect “Pillars of Time,” which would be a vertical representation of the passage of time theme.

·         Begin inserting the memorial stones in rows rather than arcs near the “Shores of Peace” end of the memorial.


The select committee’s final report is available at  The report will be submitted this week to Speaker of the House Sam Smith and presented to the full House when it returns to session in 2013.


More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at his website and at


State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley


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