The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, located east of the Arizona state capitol, includes an impressive array of historical memorials. But a memorial dedicated to the Union soldiers who fought in Arizona during the Civil War is conspicuously absent from the plaza. There’s nothing commemorating the California Column which secured Arizona for the Union in 1862. Nine Union soldiers were killed and seven were wounded during the campaign.
We could erect a monument to Arizona’s Union soldiers on the plaza if the Arizona Legislature authorizes its construction during their 2019 session, which began on January 14, 2019. We have already identified funding sources for the construction and maintenance of the memorial, and designs for the memorial have also been selected by our membership. Please contact your Arizona state senators and representatives and ask them to support a bill to authorize the monument.
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- In 2017 our members selected a proposed monument design but after consulting with West Memorials it was discovered that its size created some expensive logistical and challenges. Subsequently, we are considering going with a simpler design, such as the existing GAR Monument at the Tombstone, AZ, cemetery.
- Drafts of monument language:
- SUVCW Confederate Flag and Veterans Monument Policy (August 2017)
- Guide to Establishing Monuments and Memorials on Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza(On May 3, 2018, Gov. Ducey signed Senate Bill 1524. One of its provisions abolished the Legislative Governmental Mall Commission and delegated its monument review authority to the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA).)