Soon to be located in the heart of Renfro Valley outside Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, the Rockcastle County Veteran’s Memorial Park (RCVM) will be a place of quiet reflection, remembrance, and celebration, as well as a hub for education about the cost of freedom that has spanned more than 200 years. The park has been designed to house dedicated monuments to every major conflict in which the US has participated – from the Revolutionary War to the ongoing War on Terror. Flags and markers also fly to recognize the five primary branches of the armed services.
The park is designed in two main sections, separated by an open greenspace. To the east is the quieter, contemplative space, each anchored by a reflecting pool with a bronze soldier’s cross – the gear modeled on the military attire of the day. Across the greenspace, linked by a narrow stream of water, is a large walking path flanked by a series of stone walls. Each wall is constructed of Mt. Vernon’s locally quarried limestone and is mounted with bronze plaques describing the events of each war.