Desert Storm Memorial -- Phoenix AZ
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N 33° 26.902 W 112° 05.667
12S E 398278 N 3701530
Quick Description: The Persian Gulf War memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza near the Arizona State Capitol in downtown Phoenix AZ is one of 29 memorials installed at the Plaza.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 9:22:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMFKHJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
The Persian Gulf War Memorial near the AZ State Capitol occupies a place of honor in Wesley Bolin Plaza, a historic, patriotic, artistic, and sometimes controversial place.

From the website for the Wesley Bolin Plaza:

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

The plaza, located in downtown Phoenix, across from Arizona's capitol building, is home to 29 memorials and monuments dedicated to topics as wide-ranging as historical figures, important individuals, organizations and commorative events. Among the more prominent are the mast and anchor of the USS Arizona -- sunk at Pearl Harbor during WWII, memorials to major wars such as World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and Desert Storm.

The following is a full list of memorials found at the plaza:

Wesley Bolin Memorial Marker
Father Kino Statue
Bushmasters Memorial
Arizona Pioneer Women Memorial
Ten Commandments Memorial
Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial
4th Marine Division, World War II
Law Enforcement Memorial
World War I Memorial
Confederate Troops Memorial
Jewish War Veterans Memorial
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Armenian Martyrs Memorial
Desert Storm Memorial
American Merchant Seaman Memorial
Father Braun Memorial
Arizona Peace Officers Memorial
Korean War Memorial
USS Arizona mast
USS Arizona anchor
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Ernest W. McFarland Memorial
Purple Heart Memorial
Arizona Workers Memorial/ El Pasaje
Arizona Crime Victims Monument
Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Memorial
Arizona 9/11 Memorial
Navajo Codetalkers Memorial
Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial
[end of list -- current as of Oct 2012]

The small plaque in the center of this monument is packed with information about the members of the memorial committee and the AZ units that served in Desert Storm.
Text of Plaque:
THE DESERT STORM MEMORIAL BOARD

Senator Janice Brewer, Chair
Representative Jim Smith, Vice-Chair
Senator Larry Chesney
Representative Sue Grace
Senator James Henderson Jr.
Representative Robert McHerndon
Major Michael Reichlung
Major Debra Clark
Major Jon Elliott
Norman Callion
Sergeant Belinda Hammer

HEREBY DEDICATES THIS MONUMENT TO THE CITIZENS OF ARIZONA WHO COURAGEOUSLY SERVED IN OPERATION DESERT STORM

2nd LAAM BN, USMC, Yuma
4th Bulk Fuel Co, USMC, Tucson
5th Bulk Fuel Co, USMC, Phoenix
6th Sig Cmd, USA, Ft Huachuca
MACS 7, USMC, Yuma
MACS 11, USMC, Yuma
40th Signal Bn, USA, Ft Huachuca
41st BCS, USAF, Davis Mountain
71st SOG, USAF, Davis Mountain
77th Ord Det (EOD) USA, Ft Huachuca
86th Signal Bn, USA, Ft Huachuca
161st ARG, ANG Phoenix
222nd TG, ARNG, Phoenix
254th EN GRP (GS) ARNG, Phoenix
VMA 311, USMC, Yuma
348th TG, USAR, Phoenix
363rd Ops Det Bravo, ARNG, Mesa
NIWWG 371, USMC, Yuma
403rd CRD SPT Hosp, USAR, Phoenix
416th ATC Flt ARNG, Phoenix
VMA 513, USMC, Yuma
332nd A Bn,USAF, Yuma
136th ATF, USAF, Davis Mountain
355th MP Co., ARNG, Phoenix
140th TG, ARNG, Show Low
220th TG, ARNG, Phoenix
221st OM Co., ARNG, Phoenix
332nd TG, ARNG, Phoenix

AND IN HONOR OF THESE MULTITUDE OF MEN AND WOMEN FROM ARIZONA WHO SERVED IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUING PEACE EFFORTS IN THE PERSIAN GULF REGION


Date of dedication: 1993

Placed by: Desert Storm Memorial Board

Type of Memorial: Gulf War Specific

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