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Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

City of Glendale Veterans Memorial

 
 
Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
1. Veterans Memorial Marker
Inscription.
USS Arizona (BB-39)
Launched June 19, 1915
Commissioned October 17, 1916
This memorial honors the human sacrifice and courage of every military veteran who defends the freedom of all Americans, regardless of the battlefront. This is a tribute for the veterans who returned - but also for the brave souls who can never come home again.

The city of Glendale has acquired historical artifacts that were salvaged from the USS Arizona and the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The rusted metal pieces are from a portion of the potato locker in the ship's galley. The steel rings were cut from the USS Arizona Memorial flagpole. These artifacts serve as a silent sentinel, paying homage to those brave men and women who gave their lives for the defense of this great nation.

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, the first wave of Japanese military aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. The battleship USS Arizona sustained multiple bomb hits - one that penetrated several decks to explode in the powder magazine and ammunition areas. The resulting explosion ripped through the forward part of the ship, touching off fierce fires. At about 8:10 a.m., fifteen minutes after the assault began, six battleships, including the USS Arizona, were sunk.

The attack on Pearl Harbor claimed more than 2,400 lives. Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged. The blast that destroyed the USS Arizona sent her to the bottom of the harbor,
Veterans Memorial Monument image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
2. Veterans Memorial Monument
entombing 1,177 officers and crewmembers, of which 73 were Marines. This was the heaviest loss of life on any one ship in the history of the US Navy.

Although the USS Arizona is no longer in commission, the flags are raised daily at the USS Arizona Memorial. Legislation passed during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy designated the remains a national shrine.

We are a free nation and must always remember that freedom is not a free commodity. Americans stand prepared to pay any price and bear any burden for the sake of that freedom.

The City of Glendale acknowledges the following for their efforts in securing the historical artifacts from the USS Arizona that were incorporated into this memorial: United States Navy; United States Department of the Interior; National Park Service; Kathleen J. Billings and Donald E. Magee, Superintendent of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor; and Robert Manzetti, Glendale resident, World War II Navy veteran and Veterans Memorial assistant project manager.
In memory of the crew of the USS Arizona (BB-39)
This is a tribute to all Past, Present and Future Veterans

 
Location. 33° 34.669′ N, 112° 11.195′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is at the intersection of 59th Avenue and Brown Street, on the left when traveling north on 59th Avenue. Touch for map. Memorial is located at the north
Veterans Memorial Monument Close-up image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
3. Veterans Memorial Monument Close-up
end of Sahuaro Ranch Park, east of the Glendale Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5959 West Brown Street, Glendale AZ 85302, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Irrigation (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orchards (about 700 feet away); Fruit Packing Shed (about 700 feet away); Well House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Barnyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Sahuaro Ranch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Foreman's House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dairy Barn (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The USS Arizona Memorial at the State Capital in Phoenix
 
Additional keywords. Pearl Harbor, Veterans
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Veterans Monument Plaque and its Sculptural Base With USS Arizona Fragments image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
4. Veterans Monument Plaque and its Sculptural Base With USS Arizona Fragments
Veterans Monument Sculpture North Side With USS Arizona Fragments image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
5. Veterans Monument Sculpture North Side With USS Arizona Fragments
Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
6. Veterans Memorial Marker
Veterans Memorial - Navy Seal image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
7. Veterans Memorial - Navy Seal
The USS Arizona Memorial/Plaque is in the center of five steel and copper tree sculptures. Each branch of the service has a plaque beneath one tree. This is the Navy plaque.
Veterans Memorial - Marine Corps Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
8. Veterans Memorial - Marine Corps Plaque
The USS Arizona Memorial/Plaque is in the center of five steel and copper tree sculptures. Each branch of the service has a plaque beneath one tree. This is the Marine Corps plaque.
Veterans Memorial - Army Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
9. Veterans Memorial - Army Plaque
The USS Arizona Memorial/Plaque is in the center of five steel and copper tree sculptures. Each branch of the service has a plaque beneath one tree. This is the Army plaque.
Veterans Memorial - Air Force Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
10. Veterans Memorial - Air Force Plaque
The USS Arizona Memorial/Plaque is in the center of five steel and copper tree sculptures. Each branch of the service has a plaque beneath one tree. This is the Air Force plaque.
Veterans Memorial - Coast Guard Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, February 27, 2011
11. Veterans Memorial - Coast Guard Plaque
The USS Arizona Memorial/Plaque is in the center of five steel and copper tree sculptures. Each branch of the service has a plaque beneath one tree. This is the Coast Guard plaque. Semper Paratus.
 
 
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