Silver Spring Memorial
Commemoration from Community: The Silver Springs Veterans Memorial proposal for the Silver Spring Township honors the five branches of service within the US Armed Forces. A gentle arcing form is cut into the subtle slope at the site. Perpendicular to the arc, five distinct memorials dedicated to each of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces embed themselves into the slope. While honoring a particular branch or individual, visitors feel the collective presence of the arc form in the landscaperecognizing that the service of each branch, group, or individual is built from collective spirit. Visitors enter along a raised wood walkway recognizing that they are walking over revered ground. As they move down the walkway, each visitor passes over the five branch memorialssimple linear surfaces constructed of contrasting rough and polished pavers. To the east, each of the branch memorials embeds itself firmly into the slope. The memorial gives form to the deep-rooted contributions that Silver Spring's Veterans have given the community and nation in their service. Further east, at the top of the slope a row of evergreen
trees (existing) reinforces the unwavering and lasting service of Silver Spring's Veterans. As each branch memorial sets itself in the slope, the vertical face proudly displays an engraving of each branch's crest and motto, recognizing their unique approaches to service. Polished pavers form a refined surface at the easternmost portion of each branch memorial. The continuity of the polished surface at the east end shows a unity, the camaraderie within each branch as servicemen and women must rely on those around them.
Moving westwardout of this continuous polished surfacea pattern emerges. Polished pavers become distributed in an orderly fashionnow engraved with the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service. Rough pavers now fill around the edges and in between polished and engraved pavers creating contrast that calls special honor upon those lost during service. The memorial remains dynamicevolving to honor those that will fall in servicenew polished engraved pavers extend in pattern as they replace rough ones over time (see detail paver diagrams). Access down to the engraved pavers is layered between each of the five branch memorials. Grass ramps and paths lead visitors down for intimate contact with individual names.
On the westward side of the walkway each branch memorial transitions to a continuous surface of rough pavers, passing under the walkway. A silver birch tree grows out from each branch memorial's westward end, these five trees call attention to the generation of those currently in service in each branch. The annual deciduous cycle and the birches shedding of outer layers of bark call attention to the constant renewal of service in the from the Silver Spring Community. These birch trees are kept separated by the elevated path to make clear distinction between those that have served and those that are in service but remain linked through the paver surface that passes under the walkway. The contrast of eastward evergreens against the westward birch trees demarcates earned honor and the active earning of honor through service. Similarly the embedded nature of the eastward portion of the branch memorials contrast against the open nature of the westward portion shows a pathway toward deep-rooted contribution to Community and Countrydistinguishing between those that have fulfilled that pathway and those that are on that pathway. The dynamic
nature of the memorial offers a unique reading of service in the United States Armed Forcesone that respects and honors not a frozen moment in time, but the presence of a community of military service in Silver Springs Township and the lives of those that upheld it.
- Silver Spring Township, PA
- Alan E. Ho (MOA)
- Dustin Stephens (MOA)