Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix

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The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is an urban park and gathering place, located in front of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It serves as a home to a number of memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have affected the state. It is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.HistoryThe plaza was established on March 9, 1978, by the Arizona Legislature in honor of Governor Wesley Bolin, who had died a mere 5 days previously on March 4. Prior to the resolution creating the plaza, it had simply been a part of the Legislative Governmental Mall. While the plaza exists only as a part of the Mall, in common usage the terms are interchangeable and the name of the plaza is often used in preference to the Mall.Much like the National Mall on which it is loosely based, the Legislative Governmental Mall is intended as an open-air public space featuring monuments, memorials and gardens. Some of these monuments were erected prior to the inception of the Plaza, such as the monument to the USS Arizona which was dedicated over a year earlier on December 7, 1976. The Plaza, when dedicated, included these existing memorials and all subsequent memorials have been located within the boundaries of the plaza.
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  • Tons of fun to wander through. Very moving memorials to Navajo Code Talkers, USS Arizona, firefighters, police and others. Also memorials to lesser known (to me) individuals and groups - So learned a ...  more »
  • I was so pleasantly surprised what a small gem lies right across from the Old State Capitol and the current legislature. Many of the monuments were very well thought out and depicted. There was one to...  more »
  • Beautiful Memorial Plaza/park. Beautiful memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have affected the state. So well done a...  more »
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  • I had a few minutes before a meeting at the Capitol, so I took time to read the little hometown-style monuments. Touching! Made me a bit teary-eyed to look back into history at the names of the old west sheriffs and marshals who gave their lives to keep the peace in our wild territory. The passing cars brought me back to 2017, at which point I noticed that some of our modern day peace officer heroes had their names right next to the old time heroes. Wesley Bolin Plaza gave me a surprising connection to part of our history -- and they were just men doing their jobs. They couldn't even picture us, but they helped give us what we have today in this beautiful state.
  • Such a wonderful park.. PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO VISIT! It has been an honor... Just remembering all those who sacrifice their lives for us will never be forgotten. Thank you to all the service men and women that protect this country for our freedom.
  • Great park. It is a great place to learn about Arizona history. You should also visit the Capitol Museum
  • Visiting this well-maintained memorial park was a moving and sobering experience, remembering the many, many men and women who have given their lives for the good of others, and not just in the service organizations, but in multiple ways. It is well worth the time spent.
  • I frequent this park as I work near by. It's very well kept and lots of places to sit and relax. The memorials are fantastic to view as well. Very peaceful and somber place.

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