The compelling design of the memorial celebrate the contributions of Southwestern Pennsylvanians to the war effort and serve as an outdoor museum to teach all those who visit about the great local stories that were part of the war effort. The memorial includes panels of glass and granite that describe the war, the region's role in the conflict, and the sacrifices of local veterans. Visitors will pass a large pole-mounted flag and then enter the heart of the memorial, a unique elliptically-shaped space defined by the panels. The plaques tell the narrative story of the war. The interior is devoted to the local history while the exterior describes the story of the war around the world.