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Memorial Themes

Stakeholders identified six resonant themes for the memorial: Freedom, Recognition, Reflection, Sacrifice, Memories and Family.

The idea of freedom became the guiding principle behind the monument's layout. During the public input process, the United States Flag was consistently identified as a symbol of freedom. The lower level of the memorial was designed to be the exact ration of that flag. The rows of blocks metaphorically define the stars and stripes while the rolling landform emulates a flag blowing in the wind.
The monument offers recognition for local, state and national veterans. The elevated overlook is reminiscent of the form of the Arizona State Flag while the lower level replicates the American Flag.
Providing a space that would offer individuals and groups an opportunity for personal reflection was a primary goal. Design plans include a perimeter wall featuring history interpretive panels and recognition of veterans through a list of names. The memorial was designed to accommodate various group sizes and provide privacy and respite from adjacent land uses.
The field of geometric blocks appears to be in formation, which is meant to emulate soldiers. The blocks disappear as the landform elevates to give the impression of soldiers leaving to protect our country. At the center of the lower plaza, twenty-one of these blocks are enveloped by the earth. This is representative of a tribute, or a "twenty-one gun salute," for those who did not return. On the opposite side, the land recedes and reveals the soldiers returning from war or conflict.
In conjuction with the theme of recognition, the memorial will offer an opportunity for individuals to share and reflect on memories. To help preserve our collective memory regarding military service, veterans' organizations have expressed interest in leading tours of the memorial and participating in special events honoring those in military service.
The overlook of the upper level is an area for metaphorically watching over the family and country while the soldiers are away. The star also represents the War Mother's Service flag, often hung in a window to show that an immediate family member is serving in the military.