National Vigilance Park seeks to tell the previously unwritten stories of those who put their lives in the line of fire to collect important data during the Cold War. The memorial remembers those who participated in aerial reconnaissance, specifically in 18 cryptologic missions which were lost.
The fallen servicemen are remembered is this lovely park only one block away from the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The National Cryptologic Museum is also located nearby and is a wonderful educational supplement to groups visiting the National Vigilance Park.
National Vigilance Park was established in 1997 to commemorate the brave servicemen who sought to protect our country through the sharing of secrets. Here you may encounter memorial plaques and restored aircraft including the Hercules C-130, standing as a memorial to a mission shot down over Soviet Armenia. You can also see contributions representing lost missions during the Vietnam War as well as a lost mission in the Mediterranean in 1987.