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 are working to gather legislative support to introduce a bill at the beginning of the Arizona legislature’s 2019 session that would authorize the construction of a Union soldier memorial on the plaza. We have already identified funding sources for the construction and maintenance of the memorial, and a design for the memorial has also been selected by our membership. Please contact your Arizona state senators and representatives to ask them to support this bill. We must have sponsors for the bill before the legislature convenes on January 14, 2019.
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- In 2017 our members selected a Proposed Arizona Union Soldier Monument Design. But it was discovered there were significant logistical challenges with this design that would greatly increase its cost. Subsequently, West Memorials was contacted and they suggested a more practical design.
- Draft of language to be inscribed on the memorial.
- 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).)