The Global War on Terrorism Memorial is the final addition to Patriots Park. It stands to honor those who have selflessly dedicated their lives in the fight against terrorism.
This memorial represents all modern warriors who have faithfully served and sacrificed in the name of freedom. The warrior depicted grieving over a Battlefield Cross, a symbolic cross representing a fallen hero killed in action. The fallen rifle is secured into the ground or boots, with a helmet on top—in this case, an aviator’s helmet. Also depicted in bronze is a wounded service dog, symbolizing all dogs’ vital contribution in today’s modern warfare.
The memorial features a service member and his service dog cast in bronze. It depicts the service member kneeling at a Battlefield Cross, a symbol that represents a fallen hero killed in action. Also depicted in bronze is a wounded service dog, symbolizing all dogs’ vital contribution in today’s modern warfare.
The bronze rests in a raised structure, with landscape representing the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan. The wall behind the bronze includes the seals of all military branches, and each seal is made of stained glass and handcrafted by College of the Ozarks students.