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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.