Veterans Memorial a source of pride

By: 
CATHY CARLAT, Mayor of Peoria

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Cathy Carlat
Mayor of Peoria

Photo courtesy city of Peoria

The Peoria Veterans Memorial was named the ENR Southwest’s Landscape/Urban Development 2018 Best Project.

As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the expanded Peoria Veterans Memorial at Rio Vista Park, I am proud to share that Engineering News Record (ENR) Southwest - a technical publication dedicated to providing information for construction industry professionals, has named the Peoria Veterans Memorial as ENR Southwest’s Landscape/Urban Development 2018 Best Project.
Every single American has been impacted by the selfless contributions of our veterans and this memorial serves as an expression of our deep and lasting gratitude. The south side of the Memorial Wall is etched with significant events and battles that have shaped who we are as a nation. The north side includes an Honor Wall, allowing each of us an opportunity to preserve the memory of the veterans we know and love. Currently, the names of 160 veterans are inscribed on the Honor Wall making their lasting legacy available for all to see. To learn how to have the name of a veteran etched into the wall, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/veterans.
Another significant addition last year was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, represented by a full-size military helicopter widely used during the Vietnam War, known as the Huey. This year, we are proud to introduce a meaningful expansion effort to the Vietnam plaza by paying tribute to an iconic American hero.
U.S. Senator John McCain was a courageous American soldier. His personal sacrifice as a prisoner of war in Hanoi is a debt that we can never repay. His efforts to prevent the spread of communism earned him the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross. In recognition of his service, the city of Peoria is proud to honor him by naming the Vietnam portion of our Veterans Memorial as the Senator John McCain Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Over the next year, I look forward to working alongside Councilmember Bill Patena, city staff, and the Veterans Memorial Board to add elements of shade and seating to this important plaza. We want to ensure this area serves as a place of reflection and remembrance for all Vietnam veterans and their families, and we look forward to showing our deep appreciation through these improvements.
Thousands of individuals have visited Peoria’s Veterans Memorial in honor and recognition of the brave heroes who have served and continue to serve our country. We hope these memorials forever express the pride of Peoria in our military and their families.

 

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