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For Immediate Release
December 5, 2013

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Who:  Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State
What: WWII Memorial Dedication
When: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Where: Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix

Secretary of State Ken Bennett will lead the formal dedication of Guns to Salute the Fallen, Arizona’s WWII Memorial at the state capitol on Saturday, December 7th.

For nearly three years, the Secretary has spearheaded the effort to build a complete WWII Memorial in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.  Hundreds of individuals and companies in Arizona including Phoenix Rotary 100, SDB Contracting Services, Marco Crane & Rigging and BNSF Railways donated  thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind services to build the memorial which features the names of Arizona’s WWII soldiers who died and historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri.

Saturday’s events include the formal dedication ceremony which begins at 9:45 a.m. and is preceded by a DPS escorted commemorative motorcycle ride finishing at the plaza.  More than 1000 riders plan to attend.  The riders will be greeted by The Saluting Marine, Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers.

A complete listing of events follows.  In addition, we’ve posted directions and maps of the surrounding area to help with parking and traffic control at  It is anticipated that thousands of people will attend. 

*Please advise readers/viewers to bring a lawn chair, as the only reserved seating /parking will be for WWII veterans.*

7:48 a.m. Run to the Guns departs EagleRiders, 1000 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe
8:30 a.m. Run to the Guns arrives state capitol complex
9:00 a.m. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Flag is installed in a case in the Relic Room of the USS Arizona.
9:45 a.m. WWII Memorial Dedication & Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony begins
*9:50 a.m. Arizona Capitol Museum will play a live feed of the Pearl Harbor Observance from Hawaii
10:55 a.m. B-17 Flyover by CAF (Commemorative Air Force, Airbase Arizona)
11:45 a.m. Approximate end of ceremony
1:00 p.m. American Concert & BBQ in celebration of the WWII Memorial and fundraiser for veterans
– Featuring Jimmie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd - 1000 N. McClintock, Tempe

-Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza will open @ 5:00 a.m. to begin load in.
-Dedicated satellite truck parking will be available on Adams, see attached map of plaza.

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