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1997: National Vigilance Park Dedicated

Monday, September 2, 2024

2 September 1997: National Vigilance Park dedication.

PLEASE NOTE - National Vigilance Park was dismantled in early 2017 due to NSA construction.

Though not officially part of the National Cryptologic Museum, National Vigilance Park was previously just a short walk away and well worth the visit. Open during daylight hours, it frequently hosted military ceremonies as well as visits from the general public.

The secrecy of reconnaissance programs prevented recognition of slain military personnel at the time of incidents. Their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in similar programs mourned their loss, but the fallen could not be accorded public honors. The end of the Cold War has allowed for the lifting of security restrictions and long overdo recognition of the achievements and sacrifices of these intrepid military personnel. To this end, the United States established National Vigilance Park at Fort Meade, Maryland.

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