Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett

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For Immediate Release
October 2, 2013

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WWII Memorial in Phoenix nears completion

PHOENIX - As the federal government closes down national parks and veterans memorials around the country, Arizona’s new WWII Memorial is nearing completion and will be open and formally dedicated on December 7, 2013.

After nearly three years of planning and development, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and the Guns to Salute the Fallen committee have worked to bring the vision of a complete WWII Memorial to reality.  The completed memorial will feature a steel structure containing the names of the approximately 2,000 Arizonans who died in the war flanked by historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri which symbolically represent the beginning and end of the war.

“From the first day we learned that historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri were rusting in a surplus yard, we’ve been working to create a memorial that honors the courage and sacrifice of the our WWII veterans,” said Secretary Bennett.  “As we draw closer to its dedication on December 7th, I want to invite people to attend the ceremony and remind everyone of the opportunity to purchase an engraved memorial paver to honor friends, family or simply say ‘thank you’ to a veteran or our military.  While we have passed the deadline to guarantee placement by the dedication, we are still taking orders for pavers that will be installed as soon as possible.”

Three sizes of memorial pavers are available.  4”x8”, 8”x8” bricks and a 12”x12” granite paver.  With a tax-deductible contribution of $125, $500 or $1000, participants may engrave up to three, six or 10 lines of text.  These commemorative pavers will be positioned along the walkways between the historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri.  Contributions go toward the completion and dedication of the memorial.

“Too often we forget to honor our Nation’s fallen soldiers who gave us the opportunity live under the blanket known throughout the world as Freedom.  That freedom remains intact today for one simple reason -- the men and women or our Armed Forces.  I invite all Arizonans to join us on December 7th to express our gratitude and sincere appreciation to those who died defending liberty and to the veterans who returned to make our state great.”

For information on the dedication, make a contribution, watch construction or to purchase a paver, visit  Details on the ceremony will be posted over the next few weeks.

Interested persons can take part in the special drawing by making a contribution to the Guns to Salute the Fallen Project on-line at Proceeds benefit the World War II Memorial and the new World War II Exhibit under development in the Arizona Capitol Museum.

The CAF's Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum is operated by Airbase Arizona of the Commemorative Air Force. Organized in 1978 as the Arizona chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, the Airbase's mission is to restore and preserve historically important aircraft and related memorabilia in order to educate the public about the significant contributions made by men and women in the defense of the Nation.

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