The George C Marshall Memorial Plaza in Uniontown Pennsylvania is a very fitting and modern tribute to a man who played a significant role in shaping modern history.
Marshall Memorial Plaza in the heart of Uniontown
On a recent visit to Uniontown Pa I was unsure what to expect. A colleague who had visited the area before me indicated that he was bored there and there was nothing to do. Well having been I now feel as though I can strongly challenge that. I found Uniontown Pennsylvania to be a fascinating place, rich in history. None more so is this emphasised than by the George C Marshall Plaza located in the very heart of Uniontown.
George C Marshall is a significant figure from the history of the 20th Century. Not only was he notable in American military (for a number of years he was General of the Army) but he later became Secretary of State and with the development of the Marshall Plan helped rejuvenate a Europe financially depleted by World War II.
The Marshall Plan was an economic rejuvenation plan based on American funding to European nations. This European Recovery Program was in operation for 4 years from 1948. It helped develop the economies of many European nations including Germany and finished with countries obtaining pre-war levels of economic activity. The plan was also offered to include Soviet nations but the Soviets rejected involvement within the plan.
The Marshall Memorial Plaza is virtually unmissable as you travel on US Route 40 through Uniontown. It is placed at a joint cross roads, mainly where Main Street and Fayatte Street meet. This is across from where Marshall’s childhood home used to be.
The George C Marshall Memorial Plaza consists of two main areas, divided by a road. The main part has a statue of a World War I soldier, flags representing the 16 nations in the plan. There are also numerous information boards telling of the story of George C Marshall.
Across the road from here is the rest of the plaza. There is a statue of a Second World War soldier and also a bench with a sculpture of the 1953 Nobel Prize winner George Marshall.
The main section of the George C Marshall Memorial Plaza in Uniontown was opened in 1999. Entry is free, always my favourite price.
The significance of the place and the man was also marked on 26th October 2003. Prince Andrew from the U.K. visited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the plan. There is also a bronze plaque which he donated to mark the occasion.
Uniontown maybe a small American town, roughly an hour from the big city of Pittsburgh. However it is rich in history whether it be business, mining, military or so on. A little research can go a long way.
When it comes to notable sons of Uniontown then I think there is a very fitting commemoration with the George C Marshall Memorial Plaza.