Court of Valor & SafeKeepers Shrine Ceremony
September 15, 2024
The Court of Valor is a monument dedicated to local servicemen who have earned valor medals while serving our country. Among some of the qualifying medals are the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star, Navy Cross, and Distinguished Flying Cross. Prisoners of War and those who have been killed in action automatically meet the criteria for inclusion. Once accepted, the name of the qualifying veteran is incised on the granite surface of the Court of Valor. Dedication ceremonies will be held annually until the entire monument is inscribed.
The feature itself consists of a granite archway over 13’ high and more than 11’ wide; over 15,000 pounds of granite were used in its construction. Under the prominent archway is suspended an American flag, a symbol of the freedom our patriots defended. Topping the monument is an iconic piece of steel from the World Trade Center, weighing 3,000 pounds and measuring 9’ 11” in length. The Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation was granted the steel by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Foundation members visited Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in the spring of 2009 to select a piece of WTC steel.
The selected piece of WTC steel was escorted into York County with the help of the Patriot Guard Riders and the York County Sheriff’s Office on September 11, 2009. An unveiling ceremony took place approximately two months later, attracting more than five hundred people from the local community. As of this September 2018, the names of 390 local veterans are featured on the Court of Valor. The SafeKeepers Shrine honors 39 York County First Responders who gave their lives in the line of duty.