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WWII Monument

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One of every eight Americans served in uniform during WWII…more than 16 million. Over 5,000 Bedford County citizens served in uniform and, when the war was over, everyone did their best to get back to normal...getting on with their lives. Since everyone was so involved with the war effort, they never built a monument to themselves.

Nearly 70 years after the end of the war…in 2014, Bedford County citizens built this WW2 Monument.

The pedestal lists the names of each Bedford County veteran who died during the war.

There's a MORSE CODE message carved into the pedestal top. Can you find it? Can you decipher it?

The statue was created by Wayne Hyde. Wayne lives in Manns Choice, PA, about 8 miles west of Bedford.

Wayne Hyde

The Artist

Before it was cast in bronze, the statue was sculpted in clay by Bedford County resident, Wayne Hyde.


Pressed in Clay

Pressed in Clay

The completed clay statue was opened to area WWII Veterans who were invited to place their thumb prints into the sculpture.


Preserved in Bronze

Preserved in Bronze

Look carefully in the bronze wall and surrounding stones. You’ll see those thumb prints.The completed clay statue was opened to area WWII Veterans who were invited to place their thumb prints into the sculpture.


A Message in Code

The Message

Look for the morse code message carved into the capstone. Click below for a cipher to use at the monument.

Morse Code

Bedford County Pennsylvania - WWII War - Killed in Action

Honoring the Fallen

Bedford County’s WWII Monument lists the names of 173 County veterans who died during WWII. Click the link below for a complete list of known Bedford County veterans who were killed in action.

WWII KIA List

The Honor Walk

The Honor Walk

The area surrounding the statue and pedestal is the WWII Honor Walk. Every named brick, (EXCEPT FOR ONE!) shows the name and service of area WWII Veterans.



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Visitors to the town of Bedford can pay tribute to the men and woman of the county who served in the armed forces in our nations military.  To date, monuments to WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans have been erected in the square.     The citizen effort to bring Veteran's Grove to life continues with the proposed expansion of the Vietnam memorial and addition of the Bedford County Veterans Honor Path.


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