PA Veterans Garden
The McElligott PA Veterans Garden, is located at the Stead Center in Durham, North Carolina. The Garden honors PAs who have served or are currently serving in the uniformed services of our country, especially the former corpsmen and medics who were the first to become PAs and pioneered the profession over 50 years ago. The Garden is currently the ONLY veterans garden that honors strictly PA veterans.
Created to be a place for reflection, the Garden features a wall of remembrance with bronze plaques representing each branch of the uniformed services. The centerpiece of the garden is a life-size bronze statue of a combat medic bandaging the wounds of a fallen soldier. The sculpture is titled “Life Savers Then … Caregivers Now” and serves as a reminder of the origins of the PA profession. The statue is a replica from one housed at the University of Utah. Funds were raised to make this replica by Don Pedersen, who then donated it to the PA History Society in 2007.
The Garden walkway and surrounding patio are filled with engraved named brick pavers that PAs or loved ones have donated to honor their service to our country. Each brick features the name of a PA, the logo of the branch they served in, and the dates of their service. If you are visiting the Garden and would like to know the location of your brick or that of a brick you purchased for another, please click here. The Stead Center will also have a location chart on the premises. *We are no longer accepting new brick orders at this time.*
If you would like to visit the McElligott PA Veterans Garden, please be sure to contact the Stead Center beforehand to confirm their hours. They may be reached at 1 (800) 352-2271.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation toward the Garden and its maintenance, donations can be made online via PayPal by clicking here. Please include “Veterans Garden” in the “Add a Note” box. You DO NOT need to have a PayPal account or need to sign in to one to make a donation via credit card.
You may also mail a check made out to the PA History Society with “Veterans Garden” in the memo line to:
PA History Society
12000 Findley Road, Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097